into their heads, push a paper ladder
against their brains and beg them
to climb out of their mind-set
These are the Millennials: the Net Generation
that plumbs the meaning of life without sweetness
and through Wi-Fi networks and iPhones,
Perhaps they’ll find out later
to their short-circuited obsessions.
Even so, I can’t help but love their vertigo
of understanding and ascend
with no sense of balance.
“Keeping a Net Beneath Them” was originally published by Thorntree Press in Troika IV, 1994.