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they were from Yale
those boys who died on the highway.
and so the news covered
their accident
their lives
their friends
their homes.
had they been from Central
they might receive three minutes
total
to show their mangled cars.
perhaps four if there were
no wars
no fires
no snowstorms
no kittens abused.
but they were from Yale
and so their lives had value.

lj, 2003