For once I wish life were easier
I would walk out of an interview holding my head high
I would learn to swim, and to fly too
and I would not pretend not to care.
For once I wish your love were requited
when the arms that rush to break your fall
the warmth you feel when you wake up and reach to your side
are not just figments of your imagination.
For once I wish the world had empathy
parents wouldn’t stop their kids from enlisting
and when a civilian calls to stop the bombing
the government he voted for would listen.
For once I wish people had the courage
to admit that they are vulnerable
to pour their thoughts to more than the confines of their minds
and to give things that are deemed impossible a shot, their best shot.
For once I wish someone would see the fire in our hearts
for every busker who’s out on the street singing, someone would stop and listen
for every artist struggling to make the ends meet, someone would find his work a masterpiece
and when we fall short of describing that intensity, someone would step in to fill the words
For once, just for once,
I wish life would stop being unfair
I wish I could pause those voices in my head
for then I would close my eyes and just go to sleep.
Now calling on R.E.M. to fill in the words I can no longer find.