Day of Change

Lawrence Holofcener

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A billion new sights

Sounds and smells assailed him

Each step of the hike.

Days were bright.

None of his usual complaining

Even when cloudy or raining.

For he then understood

Every plant, every tree

Every thing that's alive

Must have both sunlight

And moisture to thrive.

Night was night.

Oddly the fears he had felt

Under lamps incandescent

Were not there by starlight

Or moon, full or crescent.

And just before sleep

He'd pray-how he'd pray

That next day he'd break out

With total amnesia.

Come on sudden-a seizure.

No name, no address

No town, no family

No school to go back to

He couldn't remember a thing of his past!

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