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certain numbers and their import

June 2, 2020

2020 began with
jokes about hindsight
but we weren’t prepared for this

so many of our thoughts are
inadequate to requirements
fight or flight
shout or hide

history can be hard to live through
all staring at the same things
unable to look away

~

vague recollections of 2005
old enough to know better
and doesn’t seem so long ago

but now the distance between then
is the distance between birth and
first picking up a guitar

clearer is 2008
when everything changed
and I could see a future again

~

in 1967 our hero arrives
pink and screaming /yet/ white and comfortable
with no plans to change the world

he lives through the summer of love
and then through the violent exchanges
of 1968, oblivious
only to read all about it later

wars come and go
it takes a long time to find out
that the world can be a terrifying place

~

2020 began with
jokes about hindsight
but we weren’t prepared for this

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