Meaning, sooner or later
something catches up to you.
Like the virus in any of its latest
permutations making the rounds,
and how it's caught up with 
the Queen. The fallout from 
an agent's double-dealing.
Dwindling reserves of scandium 
and terbium, phosphorus, coal, 
oil—how many years to zero: 
40? 50? 100? And water?
But the child is fashioning
wire and paper flowers, 
sticking them into the earth.
He believes that eventually,
spring will come. That real
flowers will reward 
his patience.

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