big hair, shoulder pads, tight jeans
Ronald Reagan and Dire Straits
VCR, VHS, CDs and AIDS
Gorbachev and glasnost.
Deregulation everywhere, the stock market
banks, savings and loans, marriage,
living in sin became partners and respectable
even the drug market
cheap, clandestine marijuana
gave way to proud, sophisticated cocaine
night skiing was what the parties were called.
conservatism was making a comeback.
In our small town a fundamental church had a retail shop
selling bibles, icons and spiritual reading.
in the front display
a leather strap with tooled hand grip
and a quote from Scripture
“ spare the rod and spoil the child ”
the item boldly displayed labelled,
the rod – with a price.