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If I don’t watch the news

she says

everything seems ok 

maybe it isn’t that bad

she says

maybe the world isn’t burning

 

but for the reindeer

the world is ending

and for the polar bears

it’s already dead

and they didn’t watch the news

 

 

But we don’t live where the reindeer are

and if we shut off the television

and set down our phones

they disappear regardless

 

and then

everything seems ok 

maybe it isn’t that bad

maybe the world isn’t burning

but for everywhere

this summer was the hottest on record

and for everyone

everything seems a little warm

 

and we can brush it off and say

everything seems ok 

maybe it isn’t that bad

but how long can we pretend that

maybe the world isn’t burning