The Crunch

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  1. Pretty good. But I prefer this one:

    I HAVE NEWS FOR YOU

    There are people who do not see a broken playground swing
    as a symbol of ruined childhood

    and there are people who don’t interpret the behavior
    of a fly in a motel room as a mocking representation of their thought
    process.

    There are people who don’t walk past an empty swimming pool
    and think about past pleasures unrecoverable

    and then stand there blocking the sidewalk for other pedestrians.
    I have read about a town somewhere in California where human beings

    do not send their tuberous feeder roots
    deep into the potting soil of others’ emotional lives

    as if they were greedy six-year-olds
    sucking the last half inch of milkshake up through a noisy straw;

    and other persons in the Midwest who can kiss without
    debating the imperialist baggage of heterosexuality.

    Do you see that creamy, lemon-yellow moon?
    There are some people, unlike me and you,

    who do not yearn after fame or love or quantities of money as
    unattainable as that moon;
    Thus, they do not later
    have to waste more time
    heatedly defaming the object of their former ardor.

    Or consequently run and crucify themselves
    in some solitary midnight Starbucks Golgotha.

    I have news for you–
    there are people who get up in the morning and cross a room
    and open a window to let the sweet breeze in
    and let it touch them all over their faces and bodies.

    –Tony Hoagland

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