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Give This World a Shake


Alice C. Bateman

Once upon a time

There was a nursery rhyme

The kind that filled the children’s hearts with hope


Of dragons and of dreams

And medieval schemes

Where every single hero seemed to cope


The dragons could be slain

And there wasn’t really pain

In the stories in the world of Brothers’ Grimm


But when someone was hurt

Or landed in the dirt

His buddies or his family rescued him



Welcome to the nightmare

Read the Book of Life

Read between the lines

Of suffering and strife


Feel the pains of birthing

Experience the joy

A whole new human being

Not a latex toy


Endings are beginnings

All death is reborn

We will see a new beginning

There will be a brand new morn


It is within our power

To give this world a shake

To get it back on track

Before the bindings break

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