Select one particular day in history (the world’s or your personal experience) and write a poem contrasting the same day in the present.

The Dragon’s fiery breath

The phone rings

Breaking the silence

Of the office where I sit

Typing up the afternoon list.

“The president was shot!”

and hangs up.

It rings again, strident

Another voice, message the same.

Confused, I wonder what to do.

I call a teacher, the principal is in a meeting.

Soon, our classes are dismissed

November 22, 1963

Next week,  Thanksgiving

but little giving thanks.

November 22 now never passes

Without memorials, talklking heads, conjectures

Just a  flash of news today,

They won’t let me forget.