The ones supposed to speak
for generations have the disadvantage
of being kidnapped from
the grips of them.
This is why the early albums
are always the greatest
since the real world
hasn’t fallen off
their jackets like the dust
on every highway in the world.
Summer is the season of song,
and when they tell you nothing
can go wrong that’s when you know
that there is nothing going right.
Her sunglasses make her look
like she is listening,
but really there are headphones
playing everything she’s not
allowed to listen to.
In the empty lot where her friends
all spin their handle bars
and hurt themselves with every chance
they get, they all forget about
the homework due tomorrow.
Turns out the answers
are the one thing we can borrow.

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