by Alanna


Name, address, telephone number


Index finger poised I scroll down the years




Down past generations xyz

Down before we were gray

And our faces etched with lines

Down when our backs were supple

And our knees strong


Down when the world was simpler

And made more sense


Down before the internet, cellphones

Facebook, Instagram, social media

When going viral meant ill

Down before scroll was a verb



Down before the worry of climate change


Before Iraq, Iran, 9/11


And Viet Nam


Down to the music

Oh the music!

The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Woodstock

The best ever played


Down to when we were activists

and bearers of social change

When we were women with untamed body hair

and swaying breasts


Down to when we were near the top

Of the nonexistent scrollbar

When the world was ours

And full of hope




Until I reach my birth year



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