how could i have known?
a child, breaking through that thin sheath
of life, of existence, of all the things
one does when born
25 years later
what could i have done?
a woman, holding on as tight as her strength will allow
to life, to existence, to all the things
they say you should
25 years into the future
what should i have learned?
a memory, of what once was
for posterity, for experience, for all the things
that should have been