Their lives did not turn out

Like they planned.


L was successful

But unhappy.


By most measures

S had excelled

But her success made her afraid.


Nearly everyone thought

G was a colossal failure

Except for G.


According to

Conventional wisdom

Things had deteriorated


To the past.


Neither L S or G

Could remember

How the past had been.


G thought it had been worse.

He swam against the tide

Like always.


S was nostalgic.

She worshiped the past

And feared the future.


L had only regret

As he looked back

At a long list


Missed opportunities.


Then there was J,

A total basket case,

Who plugged along

Without really thinking.