He’d found a pic of a WWI
soldier who looks just like him.
It explains a lot, he says.

Why he dreams of helicopters.
Always felt old.  And that was only
our first year of college.

At the time, reincarnation,
just as a concept,
was enough to change us.

Avoiding 18 Year Olds

I cross the street when I see a college student.

I have a hard time with youth,

even though I still have one hand caught

in their experiences. In cafes, on the bus,

I carry earplugs. Their dreams,

their talk about first entering work

make static in my chest. There is

not enough room for their disappointments

or their enthusiasms in my many-self

I have grown within me.