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Poetic License: ‘Pantoum of the Same Difference’

By JOE PACHECO - | Jan 12, 2021

PHOTO PROVIDED Joe Pacheco

It’s the same difference everywhere:

No one is ever who he wants to be,

Everyone thinks he is someone else

And anyone can do it better than he.

No one is ever who he wants to be

Till someone tells him what he wants to hear:

That anyone can do it better than he

And teach no one what he needs to know.

Now someone tells him what he wants to hear:

Don’t ever listen to anyone else

Telling no one that what he needs to know

Won’t hurt anyone if no one cares.

So no one listens to anyone else

Because everyone thinks he is someone else

And it doesn’t hurt that no one will care:

It’s the same difference everywhere.