My eyelids flung open
Briefly blinded by the sun’s beams
I blinked out the exposure
And bustling blobs focus into people
I was in a cafe congested with the morning rush of businessmen and women
ordering cappuccinos
The usual suspects
I looked down and a newspaper seized my gaze
Something in the article or a lack thereof caught my attention
There was nothing bad in the news
Filler stories about animal shelters
Were now the headlines
The world was so immune to bad
We’d taken a vaccine that cured villainy
Racism and homophobia were virtually unheard of  
Everyone felt represented
All religions coexisted peacefully
We agreed to disagree and partake in healthy competition
Differences only served as reminders to appreciate individuality
I didn’t know how I ended up here

But I knew I wanted to stay.

By Amanda Gordon