He lives for now and in the future 
That this better be worth it
Projecting himself into situations, rooms, relationships 
Imagining and crafting tomorrow 
Writing an autobiography in advance 
The new shirt becomes a talisman 
Its price tag not yet removed
Already he has cast it into the future
Molding it into an item of myth and religion
Fabric faded, worn, pliable
Transferred into his favorite garment
A symbol of this moment and future remembrance 
Admired by others
Until his future wife chides him for it 
And threatens to toss the ratty thing

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