Last Resort First
The last resort, we try it first.
We pretend all else has failed,
elbow our way into desperation.
Big changes happen faster.
Families leave large homes
for small ones, or for condos.
Cartoons provide a model
for effective decision making.
Shove the broken car off a cliff.
Popular new first date activities?
Elopement and annulment,
and shopping for burial plots.
University enrollment skyrockets
and plummets. Those who have
tasted failure rush to the bakery,
the bar, beg to work the register.
Abandoned houses are bulldozed.
Concrete is poured into the cavern
formerly reserved for the new
subway line. Long before that
beachfront commune opened
and citizens of Detroit fled to
Canada, as refugees, we forgot
that our panic had been pretend.