without a cause blue-eyed
James Dean or Marilyn Monroe
peroxide blonde on the screen
and Elvis Presley the ‘King’
heralding Hendrix, Janis Joplin
and the poetic lush Jim Morrison
a change of taste bringing in
those icons of my generation
from Sid Vicious to Kurt Cobain
meeting untimely or tragic ends
in decade after dismal decade.
Who are your heroes my friend
are they living or are they dead?
Spare me as it matters not a jot
for all the ragged glamorous lot
are consigned like you and me
to the foul dustbin of history.