The bright red Radio Flyers of our youth

pale in comparison to those

that made the journey on the Oregon Trail.

We filled ours carefully

with

the makings-of lemonade stands,

favorite stuffed animals,

the occasional slug.

Theirs were filled with history,

salted meats,

dysentery.

Playing the computer game

in second grade,

I couldn’t make the connection

between our coy wagons

and theirs.

And now it all seems so elementary.

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