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Poetry

I wish

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I wish we could 
burn every flag 
of every nation

and smear the 
ashes on our faces 
like warrior paint 
in the battle 
for equality.

I wish we could
melt every statue 
of every religion 
into a single 
nameless altar

where strangers 
are required to 
meet and share 
their darkest 
secrets and 
most intimate 
fantasies.

I wish we could 
sweat or cry 
or ejaculate
the anxiety 
and judgment 
from our DNA
and replace it 
with awe and 
curiosity

so we would
remember that 
nothing is as 
serious as we 
think.

I wish we could
dim the blinding
lights and soften 
the harsh lines 
of reality

(like a sunset 
gradient or Van 
Gogh painting)

to make it easier 
on the eyes 
and on the 
heart.

James McCrae