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I wish that we could be
just like in days of old.
You and I were free
to forget what we’d been told.
In vain we tried
to stem the tide
before it reached the shore.
I wish that we could be
the way we were before.

I wish that we could be
like when we were still young.
You and I were free,
and our lives had just begun.
But now I sense
intelligence
I simply can’t ignore.
I wish that we could be
the way we were before.

I wish that we could be
the way we were that spring.
You and I were free,
and our love was everything.
But now I frown
as leaves fall down
upon the forest floor.
I wish that we could be
the way we were before.

I wish that we could be
the way we’ve always been.
You and I were free
to say just what we mean.
Can’t you see
I’m hopelessly
devoted? And what’s more,
I wish that we could be
the way we were before.

I wish that we could be
the way we were back then.
You and I were free,
and there was no why or when.
Can’t you hear
me loud and clear
come sneaking past your door?
I wish that we could be
the way we were before.

(First published in Quantum Leap, November 2003)

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