Stop/Play

Imagine all the VHS tapes

(this is a historical thing,

students,

check an encyclopedia)

of the hit TV show Friends

that have accumulated in the

amalgamated charity shops

of Britain

 

rotting magnetic tape

and the smell of lubricant

and plastic

 

laugh tracks that will

never play again

and big dumb smiles never

stretching over chemico-surgically

straightened, stained white, chastened

teeth, again

 

back in my day

you had to rewind it

to watch it again

 

should we live to feel nostalgic for mp3s

it will be a pity

 

if we don’t

(we won’t)

all the more

 

who cares

that show

sucked anyway

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