Changes, part 4

We sit
     in a circle
     not because
     it signifies unity
     but because
     we have a
     360 {degree}
     televison screen
It shows
     episodes of
     Punky Brewster
     on an
     infinite loop
     and together
     in a circle
     we watch
We glean
     different bits
     as we sit
     though each
     of us watch
     the exact
     same episode
     at the exact same time
I see
     a young girl
     by her mother,
     goddamned Susan Brewster,
     but it can’t be too bad
     ’cause Punky hasn’t yet
     eaten Brandon

Our daughter
     sees a brown dog,
     and ridiculous
     shoes, and wonders
     if an old man
     would stop to help
     if she were left
     alone in Chicago
My wife
     eyes Henry
     wants to trust
     he’s got nothing
     but Punky’s best interests
     guiding his lonely,
     weary heart
Our son
     thinks Cherie
     is a saint
     and sounds bitter
     when he says,
     “In real life,
     they’d just
     call the cops”
We sit
     in a circle
     not because
     we’re united
     but because
     it’s the best way
     to view
     the whole story

Changes, part 4

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