To Be Young Again

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“To be young again,” the lady sighed as she and her gray-haired companion gazed across the street at the 20somethings chugging beer, flipping cups & slipping down the inflatable slide.

They climbed in their Mercedes and drove off.

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Why does Elsewhere always tempt us? Why do Other Times always seem to weigh more than Now Times? Them, then, that, those— but what about us, now, this, these?

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Breathe in. 

And again.

Are you here? Those times were good & those lives are amazing— there is nothing to be taken away from what’s over there, but now— now this is unique, this is irreplaceable, this is once-in-a-lifetime. 

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Yes, to be young again would be lovely. To be them and have that might be terribly wonderful, but to be you & me, to be here & now— that would be remarkable.