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The Time

Most people don't notice
the world can be cold and dark,
crazy and mean. These people
scare me. They sum up
their views with motivational quotes
or cheerful slogans.

It's not the fact
they're happy, it's that they don't
seem to notice many others are not.
Their lives have been happy, relatively
pain free. That feels real to them.

Maybe they don't read, or read only
love stories. Movies about sports teams
make them cry. They don't want to watch
serious or artistic films. Anything
sad is to be avoided, lest they ever wake up,
lest they notice the dying, the poor,
the oppressed.

It's latte time.
It's kegger time.
It's any time but the time
I see all around me.