I Wish I Were a Tree

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I wish I were a tree
So I wouldn't have to wander
Catch the sun on my leaves
Put root to the earth that birthed me
Strive only to stand a bit taller

Been perched precariously
Like the shopping cart on the hilltop down the street
I am beholden to the breeze
On this now wind I am seed
And for the soil I hunger

I feel as old as love
Old as the ocean in the clouds above
I quit my patience for youth
And I caught the caboose, so I'm leaving
much of me you won't be seeing

Now I stand before the judge
Before my peers and my own love
My only answer is just because
Maybe I don't know too much
And seems finding out usually ain't easy

Been too long a gear on the grind
Wasting my time and my mind
When my movements are not mine
This intelligent design ain't divine
It's why I'm depressed and a heathen

So if I knock please open up
Please give me bread and fill my cup
Don't want cash I've had enough
I'd work for food and a place to touch
My head for a night of deep sleeping

I wish I were a tree
So I wouldn't have to wander

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from Living by the Light, released February 15, 2016

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