A Simple Request

A Simple Request 1984 (revised 2022)

Oh, listen, I was never a little boy, Never felt the gentle hand upon my brow, Never knew the gentle peace Of sleep without responsibility

Oh, listen, why not take a chance on me? I promise I will always listen To your heartbeat,

I promise I won’t want you For a mother, Not ever.

If you will sometimes let me Be a boy Just a boy.

If you will sometimes, In the night, Lie about the future.

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