The Back Issues
I read the back issues for the dramatic irony.
The terror of not knowing in 21,
Becomes the sadness of knowing in 2017.
I read hopeful words,
Already knowing they won’t happen.
I read phrases that had such a novel shine at the time,
Now tired and worn.
I read terrible fears,
And sometimes feel assuaged.
(Oftentimes I wonder why no one saw that canary sing.)
I read the back issues for the hope,
For the easy, innocent times,
For raunchy acts and hidden wisdom,
For the missed chances,
To connect to the community I care about.
I read the back issues,
Hoping I’ll finally hear what they were saying.
-By Deckard Lee Schaefer. Deckard Lee Schaefer is a ghost with a hoard of stolen wifi passwords.
Main image: You eat what you are by cameron mills. @lifekissing