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PARADISE DAYS

america,
you and i
were happier
than we knew

of course
i was young
and my darkest secrets
pale as ghosts
in the sweet
warm mayhem
of adolescent
summers

i was washing my old plymouth
in the parents' drive
while they watched TV
in the den --
tornadoes ripping
across the country,
China rising
as though from a long sleep
and our thirty seventh president
disgraced,
driven out of office,
boarding a fast plane
out of town,
his hands oddly raised
in peace or victory

and then dad cooking steaks
on the grill in the shade
and the neighbor saying
"sure smells good over there"

and damn
if your perfect sky
wasn't wide
and blue
as my young eyes
and my heart
skipped across
the fruited plains
and pushed against
your boundaries
uncaring,
seeking its own
manifest destiny,
never guessing
we would come to this
javalini
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