Times Are Changing Them

History ripples.
A story’s ending one day
changes dramatically
with new information unloaded
and new reactions
and new players interacting with those other things.
It’s always changing
so the good guys who won yesterday
may prove to be villains tomorrow
and transform again
soon afterwards.

When I broke into the brownstone
it was with the best of intentions.
I only wanted to save the parrot
which I thought might suffer from smoke inhalation
which I now realize I may have inadvertently caused.
Have absolutely empirically proven
and legally established
beyond a shadow of a doubt caused.

I didn’t mean to scare you
or break and enter
or shatter any existing restraining orders
but please believe me
in the story as it was unfolding
the narrative was really very different
and who knows
how it might seem tomorrow
if you choose to come back again
during the next Visiting Hours.

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