who expected j.l. and j.r.
to disappear, shot down dead
in an uneasy year? a cliffhanger
and a bed-bound bohemian
brought together by bullets,
fictional and delusional as pac-man
and post-it notes began to stick,
predicting pokemon go and facebook:
YES! we believed in a winter miracle
although NO, we would not go to moscow,
and so we iced summer dreams
of soviet gold while deciding reagan
was not too old; we sentenced a killer clown
to death and suffered saint helen’s
fiery breath. as macaulay culkin was birthed
in manhattan, stuart goddard was reborn as adam.