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the future.

the future

   i am starting to think about the future

   just as everyone else is closing up shop

   dreaming destruction, annihilation, war

   i am starting to think about the future

   and living further than paycheck to paycheck

   hand to mouth, month to month, i am starting to

   plan stuff out, in advance, maybe start saving

   see i'm starting to see a future, see it

   through, let myself move toward a possible life,

   a family, babies even, and it's good

   to want it, i am alive right now, and all

   living things have a right to keep keeping on,

   with trees and forests, food and love, i have hope

   and i should have it, i have ambitions and

   you should too, with your plights and gripes, your gallows

   humor, your misdirected fear, your casual

   comments about just ending it all. no dice,

   no comet coming, no swift apocalypse

   arm pulls down the lever for you. it is you

   alive in your private field, you alone in your crowd of many,

   you in thrall to your wanting heart, you in there in your little
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Author:Blitshteyn, Marina
Article Type:Poem
Date:Mar 22, 2019
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