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A response to Ryan’s article on U2's Zooropa turning 20, July 2013

The year Zooropa was born
you were a fiery redhead.
The summer sweltered and we holed up
in our Cape Cod’s family room,
curtains closed against sun.

Late at night, when you and your dad
were asleep, I nursed
your newborn brother and watched the “Numb” video.

Barely across the threshold of adulthood,
I dreamt out loud so you could live out loud,
               feel steady push of wind
               fly across water
               travel on land
               throw away the map
knowing uncertainty is the whoosh of a flame igniting.

Twenty years later, I am running laps
around our suburban sprawl with “Zooropa”
on repeat. From a distance, I see the three of you
washing cars in the driveway,
ruddy faces in July heat.

   What do you want?
                     What do you want?
What do you want?

Dawn Leas is the author of I Know When to Keep Quiet (Finishing Line Press). Her work has appeared in San Pedro River Review, Connecticut River Review, Literary Mama, Southern Women's Review, Interstice, and elsewhere. In past lives she was a copywriter, admissions director, English teacher, and stay-at-home mom. She is currently the associate director of the Wilkes University M.A. and M.F.A. Creative Writing programs, a contributing editor at Poets' Quarterly and TheThePoetry, and a poetry editor for CityLitRag. For additional information, visit her website:

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