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Here come the ones who chose
the second option, advancing

across the sad freeways of America
on their way to not a damn

thing worth carving in stone. Still,
see how they white-knuckle

the steering wheel, the cracked grill
burping through rush-hour traffic

and a slow-tumbling sun
that reddens the windshield

as though pelting it with tomatoes.
They know that tomorrow, too,

they will eat from a microwave.
That life is mostly for pushing

numbers from column to column
so the electricity stays on

and all your children can flee,
and pets who are even more helpless

and closer to death will stay
grateful for the cans

you open with fingers that must
seem to them like magic.



image: Doug Paul Case