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Once upon a time,

they welcomed us

and our strange, brilliant ideas.

Funny, how things change.

It used to be hard to get out,

but get easy to get in.

And Lady Liberty smiled opaquely,

welcoming.

Then came openness and restructuring,

so as to say,

doors opened, doors closed,

houses were besieged,

some fell,

crumbled.

Now,

lines on maps fluid…

It’s easy to get out,

but hard to get in.

Big thinking no longer enough to impress,

indeed,

system will stress:

“No more welcome,

unless you undress…”

 

He ran up to me, excitedly, like he was greeting a long-lost friend or a minor celebrity (the kind you can actually approach).

“It’s you, isn’t it? I know it is! From Polski Natura 1986! I recognize you.”

“Uh, yeah, what?” I said, somewhat taken aback. “In any case, yes, it is me.”

“Wow, how time flies! How things have changed, the world, ideas, right, left, right, wrong and geopolitics! But not you – you still look so much the same, even dressed, you haven’t got old…” he gushed, eyes wide. “Oh, how I wish for those times back again. We thought we were wandering in the wilderness, a desert, waiting for the promised land, only later did I realize it was actually a beautiful beach in the middle of summer and it was the best time of our lives.”

I smiled and nodded, bemused and saddened, because I knew what he was talking about.