As It Were So Shall It Never Be or Why Most Clocks’ Faces Are Round


Its true: archival footage from the 70’s

Makes everyone look like a serial killer.

That’s why the world went digital.

To draw our our disparities into sharp relief.


Also true: I sing when happy. Like my mom.

And drink when sad.Like my dad.

They were both alive back then

Singing happily, drinking sadly,


Celebrating the icipient third century

Of a vaunted, esteemed republic.

Me? I sat on the floor

Playing Hot Wheels and Matchboxes.


What will the next encryption reveal,

Busted open like a plague, like a scandal?

That we still sing? That we still drink?

Or that the past always means more than the future?


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