77581 (“How is it going”)

I.
2001 and 2021:
A momentous date on large
and small scales—
earth-shaking, earth-shattering.

II.
You were right.
And so very wrong.

III.
Right:

in front of me,
beside me,
behind me,
(I liked how
you stuck around).

Your words
while there,
your words
while away.

The nonmetal
to my metal
so that
we i(c)onic bonded—
transferring from one
to the other, coolly
and efficiently,
slang
favorite movies
calling habits.

IV.
Wrong:

side of history,
when they look back
assessing
who truly believed
in people’s humanities.

Your words,
which set this chain
reaction in (e)motion.

The distance
between here and there,
between “I miss you”
and “I’m mad at you”:
great.

V.
Too great.

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