Thinking About the Future

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THINKING ABOUT THE FUTURE
by Eric Chaet

I have to break free
to think about & affect the future
today, tomorrow
the rest of the week, month, year
the rest of my life, & beyond—
for all those who strive with pure heart
disciplining themselves so as not to harm others
& yet, to develop & contribute
what they’re capable of.

I have to get free
of the petty expectations others lay on me
& that I’ve internalized & lay on myself
& also of the grand delusions—
& think about & affect the future.

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As published in The Moonlight of Corea (Seoul).

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Picture: Ken B. Miller

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