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I wish I knew the locksmith
That made keys to the cities
My presence in their company
Would never cause alarm

I wish the only borders
Were geographic boundaries
And they would welcome me
With open arms

I wish I had a face that cries out
“I am approachable”
Whenever someone different
Would be headed my way

I’d be the kind of person
You’d think was just dynamic
When you see me walking
Down the lane

I wish I could have children
Who would be creative
Make strides in life
And desire to go far

I wish it were my style
To reconcile
With children growing into
Who they are

If you can overlook my faults
And throw caution to the wind
If you could please take note
That I – I’m only human
And if you could be forgotten
Then I would just be passing thru
I know – I’m nobody special
But if you give me a simple chance…
I could love you

I wish that my desire
Could just be tamed
By coffee and a headful
Of transatlantic verse

Wish my imagination,
With delusions of the future,
Was a blessing
And was not a curse

I wish that all this quicksand
That I’m sinking into
Were inside an hourglass
That simply could be flipped

I wish that all my statements
That come across as boorish
Came out of a mouth
That could be zipped

I wish electric blankets
Could keep me warm
When the infrastructure
Decides it will collapse

I’m too hypersensitive
To reoccurring error
I wish I could just party
And dance

If you could monitor my progress
Give me advice along the way
If you could share your knowledge
I’d listen to every word you say
Then I could try to be a good man
The things instilled I could undo
I know that I am just a bastard
But if you give me a simple chance…
I could love you

I wish my head were cleaner
But I’m afraid it’s too late
Attempts to reorganize
Have just caused it to swell

I think it’s overloaded
Knowledge and drugs
I only wish that I
Had known you well


from Blackened, released November 30, 2011



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