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What I Really Want


Chad Lilly

I want to see brand-new 

BMW’s abandoned 

on the side of the road,

people folded over 

laughing at the idea

of spending sixty-five thousand dollars

for a car; a world where

you drive the car closest to you

when you leave 

and when you return 

you just leave the keys in it.

I want to see people working . . .

for themselves.

I want to look out over fields of

food growing on trees . . . freely to eat

for all people . . . and tell my grandchildren 

about how ‘when I was a boy . . .

all this used to be covered in concrete

and money governed everything

from the birth of children 

to the death of presidents 

and countries;’ and I 

want them not to be able 

to believe it and say . . . 

‘yeah, sure grampa.'

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