Place them on your shoulders

We rape the Earth
Then we reap what we sow
We watch the world wither around us
And say we didn’t know

 

Our children cry
They beg for our help
And we watch them die
As we think only of ourselves

 

If we exchanged blows for kisses
Gave caresses instead of bile
Trade hatred for dandelion wishes
Would the world become worthwhile

 

Do we still have a chance
To save the ones who come after
There’s fewer hours in the day
Time keeps marching faster

 

Politicians rake it in
As they espouse one notion
Use their lies against our lives
As if our pain is a youth potion

 

They cry, “same love is sin”
It’s wrong, it’s evil, my God says so
Their excuses grow so sickeningly thin
Spewing deathly hatred, the only words they have within

 

If we exchanged blows for kisses
Gave caresses instead of bile
Trade hatred for dandelion wishes
Would the world become worthwhile

 

Do we still have a chance
To save the ones who come after
When will we realize
It isn’t ourselves that matter

 

Our babies duck bullets and then they dodge blows
We say they need beat, they need punished
Then act out in anger as the cycle flows
Because the only answer we can see
Is
More
Abuse

 

If we exchanged blows for kisses
Gave caresses instead of bile
Trade hatred for dandelion wishes
Would the world become worthwhile

 

Do we still have a chance
To save the ones who come after
To make a change to our laws and lives
Before all that’s left is blood spatter

 

Be the change you want to see
Stand up with me
Stand for your child
Don’t let the status quo be

 

If we exchanged blows for kisses
Gave caresses instead of bile
Trade hatred for dandelion wishes
Would the world become worthwhile

 

Do we still have a chance
To save the ones who come after
What if we choose to dance
Grow fruit and love and laughter
Rather than nuclear reactors

 

Our children cry out
With the tears on their cheek
Their voices hoarse from begging
“Please help me…”

 

Parents rot in prison
Then the children follow after
Prison systems get larger
Underfunded schools get laughter

 

If we exchanged blows for kisses
Gave caresses instead of bile
Trade hatred for dandelion wishes
Would the world become worthwhile

 

Do we still have a chance
To save those that come after
When the lean get leaner
And the fat get fatter

 

My parents hit me
Now I’m gonna hit you
No room for growth
No chance for something new

 

The rich get richer
And the poor get worse
The harder you fight
The more you beat a dead horse

 

If we exchanged blows for kisses
Gave caresses instead of bile
Trade hatred for dandelion wishes
Would the world become worthwhile

 

We still have a chance
To save the ones who follow after
When the ones who follow us
Ask if their lives matter

 

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Sand man, please…

Sandman please come sing to me. 

But please dear friend don’t let me dream. 

Tonight I beg just for peaceful rest. 

My heart wont hold up, I must confess, 

to what ends up another broken, dreadful mess.

 Send those dreams to younger souls.

 Let them keep them in tight holds. 

But please my dear don’t make me dream. 

Give me oblivion’s sweet kiss; 

for the night let me have this. 

Sandman you who know me through and through, 

my darkest nights, my starkest truths, know this to be true. 

So send me to sleep like a tired star. 

Turn out my light, feel my breathing deepen and stretch so far.. 

Sandman spin some dust to me. 

 Please, please tonight just let me be.