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.