Progress is a comfortable disease

Progress is a comfortable disease:
the victim - spontaneity- 
causes relationships to freeze. 

Progressive approaches 
implemented with 
design and disorder,

Calculated and unconscious plans
introduce the universe next door.

A reminder that hypermagical 
moments that ignited love 
do not exist solely in the past tense,

But also in the present and the future. 

This poem was written after reading and discussing E. E. Cummings' poem, "pity this busy monster, manunkind". We usually begin our classroom discussion by asking, "What did you notice about the poem?" Many of my students picked out the line, "Progress is a comfortable disease". 


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