Peers by Craig Morgan Teicher

Poetry Series - "Peers" by Craig Morgan Teicher

The following poem appeared in the April 5,2021 issue of the New Yorker. This poem gives us pause and allows us to press the brake pedal and have a look in the rear view mirror of time. As parents, we often reflect on our own experiences and consider what kind of future we want for our kids.

Please enjoy.


I’m thinking of you beautiful
and young, of me young

and confused and maybe
beautiful. There were lots of us—

these were our twenties, when,
post-9/11, we were about to

inherit the world, and we had no idea
what to do with it. And look

what we did, and we didn’t.
And now look at us, and it.

We turned away for a blip, started
whispering, kissing, had kids,

bought houses, changed bulbs,
submitted claims, changed channels,

FaceTimed, streamed, upgraded,
were two-day-shipped to, and midway

through our prime earning years
we look up again, decades groggy,

decades late. Forgive us, we thought—
but now it doesn’t matter. These are our

outcomes, consequences, faults,
forties, when the hourglass

is beeping and bleak and people
like us have memories like this

and wonder if the beauty that’s left
is really still beautiful, if it was.

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