and it's titled:
THE PEOPLE WHO UNDERSTAND
and it's not as long as i'd like it to be.
which is okay, i guess,
because it's hard to expect someone to understand
if you're not willing to explain it.
these are people who know
and who always seem to have known
instead of instincts
they have glands that let them predict the future
with frightening degrees of accuracy.
and as i looked over this list
this roll call of connective tissue that reads me like a poem
those who can see stanzas in statements and pentameter in protests
i realized something:
very few of them still live here.
most have moved away.
east coast, primarily,
for obvious reasons
until i let it stew for a while
and then it made a certain degree of sense
because most people here that get it
get it well enough to know
that they're not gonna find it here.