V Sharply down. Sharply up.
Our hope for the economy.
More likely the future
of the viral graph.

I Roman Numeral Uno.
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of
whatever the hell we want to do.
“I Alone Can Fix It” leads the parade.

R Reality is a harsh mistress.
She seems straight-up at first
but then she throws a curve
and a sharp angle. Downward.

U Do you think we’re so ignorant?
You start in one direction, only to be forced
to turn around and come back,
but not quite to where “U” started.

S Soon, we may come to our senses.
Sadly, the sojourn consists
of a circuitous, snakelike stroll
along the selvage of sanity.


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