the best of times

when i was young
good stories start so
we didn’t have granite countertops
we just had countertops
& you didn’t call
a half-acre of shrubs
& mexicans an estate
also there were no double garages
who would have so many cars

there were ceos but no other letters
no proliferating titles
pack-hound vps with brown noses
bonuses based on performance
based on ripping off the middle guy

& we walked to school
through the city
alone
uphill

& we died at 50
& we won the war
&c.

when i was young
good stories end so
when i was young
anything &
everything
without end