I stared at the alumni magazine,
shocked at the class of 12’s vigor and vim,
how many there were, how active they seemed—
till I remembered what century we’re in.
The litter comes out on little cat feet.
It’s there no matter how often I sweep.
Kathleen Naureckas is a retired journalist whose poems have appeared in Bluestem, Light, Measure, and Willow Review, among others. Finishing Line Press published her chapbook, For the Duration, in 2012.