My mother misses being able to use the word “gay”. It used to mean “lighthearted and carefree”. You can’t use it in conversation in that context anymore, whatever she thinks. That was then and this is now and language isn’t static however much some people argue it should be…
“i used to have poetry, before my mind broke,
shattering into some hundred-million glittering shards,
and when it fractured, i think the words went with it.