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Poem: "Phase" 

Phase

These were the kids who'd try to pick the white out of TV static
Play in traffic while the parents laughed
They grew up wondering what it was that made the cars go
But were too afraid to ask
They thought that all you had to do to float
Was get in the water
And they couldn't stop watching the wheeled potter

They thought they were crazy,
But didn't know the truth
in the loose leaf
Written by someone who lived too long,
And was too long beat

Everybody's a sinking boat,
And the kids think the water looks nice,
but this is a crisis
that has nowhere else to go

—Brandon Hansen
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