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Forgive me for wishing

life was more like a fairytale,

a place where once upon a time

we all struggled, our hearts

torn apart, put together again,

as we desperately journeyed

toward our happiest moments.

When we finally reached them,

and got a taste of what we knew

was out there for a few rare lucky souls,

some benevolent hand would write:

they lived happily ever after:

On my son’s twenty-ninth birthday,

He spun the big wheel at Fast Eddies,

it tink-tink-tinked past the free beer,

five dollars, and hamburgers,

to stop at the fifty dollar jackpot.

He danced with his hands in the air,

he smiled, that rare smile,

his lover kissed his cheek.