“Terminal Nostalgia” (Sherman Alexie)

“Terminal Nostalgia”

The music of my youth was much better
Than the music of yours. So was the weather.

Before Columbus came, eagle feathers
Detached themselves for us. So did the weather.

During war, the country fought together
Again all evil. So did the weather.

The cattle were happy to be leather
And mades shoes that fit. So did the weather.

Before Columbus came, eagle feathers
Were larger than eagles. So was the weather.

Every ball game was a double-header.
Mickey Mantle was sober. So was the weather.

Before Adam and Eve, an Irish Setter
Played fetch with God. So did the weather.

Before Columbus came, eagle feathers
Married Indians. So did the weather.

Indians were neither loaners nor debtors.
Salmon was our money. So was the weather.

Back then people wrote gorgeous letters
And read more poetry. So did the weather.

On all issues there was only one dissenter,
But we loved him, too. So did the weather.

We all apprenticed to wise old mentors
And meditated for days. So did the weather.

We were guitar-players and inventors
Of minor chords and antibiotics. So was the weather.

Every person lived near the city center
And had the same income. So did the weather.

Before Columbus, eagle feathers
Lived in the moment. So did the weather.

–Sherman Alexie

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