Road to Now Here

Road to Now Here

Change was inspired by and used the form of Shane Koyczan’s Remember How We Forgot, but is written from my perspective, which has more history than the brilliant Shane has so far amassed.

If you don’t know who he is, go find out


Forget how we remember
Forget the games we played in May that should not be played in December
Since each bullet shot comes from a bigger gun
And we always keep them loaded just in case
We court each human with enmity and it is all about soil, origin, or clan
To nevermore portend
So forget now we harshly rend reality
Like we are heinous con men
Like an evil twin creating confusion
Like we are all tame sheep to bleat and baa in unison
Like we are totally bred
Or dead
Forget how we remember
Forget how our parents promised we could be anything we wanted
And how our time would come
Yet we dared not look the future directly in the  eye, for fear we would be struck dumb
Forget now how we used to find any game escape just to go somewhere we were feeling safe
We would get stoned, toss off our responsibility
Buy a dime of crystal that would boost us just enough to have us thinking we might be enough
How enough was just bluff
How we feared we were getting drafted, and how soldiers came home crazy or in a pine box
Forget how we remember
Forget we said we would draft dodge and our folks said, “then you are not our sons”
Still our footfalls into adulthood had us saying, “we’re the ones”
Despite that we were never truly confident
Understood we hardly knew half the things we said we did
We slung bull like fundamentalists spout sin
We spoke future fear, not understanding it could someday replace our daily scene
Taunt us with our choice of tools
Invite us in, break us in the end, part-time work, no benefits
We then but feigned to battle
No choice, we settled; we knew that our life was no great success
We could only linger, needs unexpressed
We tried to dream, but not well, hoping to sell our psyches expectation no future blight was all we feared
Forget how we remember
Once upon us, when time was young.
And dreams shown life-stippled
Yet were never painted or sealed
So hope was something we needed to be feeling
So we could say our threadbare futile dream of life once had room to become
So loudly proclaim “this time, responsibility is our only choice”
Because our loss is no action, no effort to make changes before we become belated
We must make choices
No figureheads need apply
Believe that each choice of change conserves our chance of being alive
And failure now has a finality more important than the act that we live
That in our war against insanity, annihilation
We replied with determination, mistakes forgiven but no longer our weak excuse
Now we decide we must live as members of one family
Not just one group or one creed
But a people whose choice wakes all humanity
So that I call you family
Because it’s right
And when I ask you to now forget
It’s because our future  must not plagiarize our past
So forget our past
Build upon the fact that everyone ever alive came from a caring mother
Or one who could not
Who from rape succumbed
Who from drugs lost hope
Who from poverty was laid low
And in starting there we acknowledge our bond, choose to rewrite the map to uncharted lands
We can rebound
Though uptight and beaten down, we must act before we rest
Now is only
With no limits
Erase coordinates, false lines
Boldly seize our new-found intention and sail beyond the map’s edge
Choose to believe such hope belongs to us all
Pledge to cause what looks unreachable to be as incontrovertible as the false fact we cannot change
We can change
Let our daily lives be as dear to us as every emotion, taken or spent breath
So forget, just live every instant until death
Every birth wish, love glance, hear this, life dance, just so, way to go
Let us choose the right course this time
Let us forget, live all the moments that are but don’t last
Like the choice is one that we have made and what we can become is who we say
Because all we have is present, the now of moments, all else past history
Live now and only
Tread lightly, comprehend we can choose our future
So each moment inspires the next
So memories are just context of where we have been
So that life becomes precious again; forget worry, no time to waste on a smart bomb or nuclear winter fears
Let now be our moment
Let us live like we know it
Let us act like we mean it
Because world powers don’t care a bit if we end, if they gain dreck or war cash
If our story sends them a pot of cash
If we do nothing rash
So know we are not all we might be
And all we are is not what we have been, oh so far from good
So discard every doubt, might, or perhaps
Forget forgetting how we remember
Live life, for no past exists, now the only story
It’s time we learn flight
Our sight heals scars, erases blight
Let no one say we undid ourselves by just slacking
The memories we are forgetting, in our best interest
Will somehow mend our times around the precept
That we know all people are ourselves
That knowledge we need is stored on hardware
Thus what we choose has full bearing on who we become
Look honestly in every mirror
Realize our reflection is our chance to rewrite our own story
Our new story starts:
“We will change.”


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