A Brief Respite From Being


Somewhere between the climb and collapse
we sit around a fire
and talk about growing up and growing old, 
about marriage and divorce
and grandparents who'll never understand,
about skipping school 
but attending school reunions,
about work,
and the people who make it work,
and how our parents always made it work.
We talk about these things
and we don't talk about other things,
but mostly we talk about Joy Division and the Clash.