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a nod of thanks

March 26, 2021

a nod of thanks
to our younger selves
who got us here
somehow
their decisions led the way
so that we can sit here and trace the contours
of the maps that they could not see
and who picked up some of the tools
that fell in their path
and abandoned others
like us
they stood on the cliff edge
every day
held their breath and closed their eyes and

jumped

a nod of thanks
to our younger selves
who got us here
somehow
making the calls
and choosing the timing
as best they could
so that now we can sit here
and see the trajectory of the bullets that were dodged
and that were not
and intermittently forgive our younger selves
for rushes of youthful blood to various

                                                                                                                        anatomies

a nod of thanks
to our younger selves
who got us here
somehow
who bravely struggled
from time to time
and also cravenly hid
when it was felt necessary
because the relationship between discretion and valour
is hard-learned
now we think we know
why we didn’t pick up the phone
and why we turned left
and why we opened the door
but our sight is only

                                                                                                                        hind

a nod of thanks
to our younger selves
who got us here
somehow
and a pat on the back
to ourselves
because we kid ourselves
we’ve got it figured out

now

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