Opposite Check Marks

There’s a sweet little girl
in the park
wearing a t-shirt that reads
"Whatever"
like there’s nothing in the universe that matters.

Somebody went to the effort
of selecting the shirt
and paying for it
and providing it
to this adorable tiny creature
to wear without care
wherever she may roam.
Somebody else
thought to make the shirt
in the size of a toddler
to better spread this mood
of cliched blase
across the globe.

A sad series of souls
found it important enough
to spread this spirit of nihilism
to our most wide-eyed of spirits.
This pre-nymph had been burdened
with a disaffectation
well beyond her years.

Indifference is internationally injected.
It’s a shame.
It’s a line item in the sorry state of the world.
It’s a calamity in the making
that will not yield its evil seed
for years to come
but so what?
It’s not my kid.
Whatever.

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