Why Do You Care?

‘Why do you care so much?’

asked the boy with a Pepsi

clasped in his hands, which

was previously deemed

lesser to Coke

in a strange conversation

at eleven thirty-two

the night of college orientation.


'I don’t know.'

I dismiss the query with a shrug

and look to the fire

surrounded by hungry teens

hungrier than we

who are huddled on plastic chairs

surrounded by itchy plants

and silence.


V a l i d a t i o n


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