Is not till next week,
and already among the huddled masses,
nothing is more important
than his or hers, or their, homecoming date.

Transcendentalism? York and Lancaster? Continental Congress?

Not in the week preceding free dress, football, and dancing.

Voting for court.
Preparing dress options.
Securing a date - a partner in the test of time
that is the socially engineered commingling
of the awkward proposal in the hallway,
cafeteria, parking lot - a cast of friends along
to capture the crude creativity of youth on social media.

Will you stand next to me and make inept conversation
while people huddle in small masses to avoid the Emersonian
idea that "Man is his own star"?


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