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Past, Present and Future Nostalgia
By Aleta Sanford
Almost ten years have passed, all in anguish.
Distastefully cold winters, pitifully warm summers.
No friends, commotion or excitement;
No humidity, mall or Super Saver;
Wal-Mart, Target or McDonalds (though there are rumors).
Looking back I see ten years spent resisting.
I was fighting everything here, refusing to
Give myself in to it. But it overcame me.
I am no longer Ally, just Aleta. No longer
Nebraskan but Minnesotan.
Two years from now Iíll wish I were here,
I know I will. But gone will be
These days and someday, perhaps someday,
I wonít be Minnesotan any longer.