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Dogs 2016

PAST PERFECT
(1/4/2016)


looking back
seems easy

either
something happened
or it didn't

all
or nothing

the problem
arises
when we consider
alternate outcomes
based upon
changed
past choices

we begin
to construct
elaborate
metaphysical probabilities
using supposition

intuition

guesswork

the more
that we explore
the myriad
of what ifs

the more
unsure
we become
about our most
immediate
past

our most
near
future

we hesitate
to make
the least
of decisions
in real time

afraid
to move

afraid
to speak

for fear
of setting
some cataclysmic
course
in motion

some irreversible
least preferred
reality

we stagnate
to the point
of catatonia

finally
we look about

we realize

that the only
real meaning
resides
in our current
corporeal
existence

all past

all future

begins
from this moment

more meaning
resides
in the five senses
experiencing
the present
than all
of the philosophy
attempting
to describe
the cause

the effect

culminating
in now

we lived

we breathed
yesterday

to bring us
to today

all other
history
fades
into obscurity