If not for the power of greed,
Have I been a loose cannon of need.
If only while our world crumbles beyond,
We still might use laughter to carry on.
If well before the dawn of new civilization,
Would we still use ignorance to define a nation.
If while this short time we have to persevere
Could our lives be simpler, to wish less severe.
If I might all of my mistakes be solemnly heard,
Maybe then peace of mind seem far less absurd.
If by my neighbors hand I reach to embrace,
A lovely reality of knowing His my only Grace.
If when every soul around me were to smile,
Could we live and carry on strong a sweet mile.
If while I wonder the words my mind does employ
Might have value to the eyes and ears to offer joy.
Then might I breathe a smooth discourse in life
All of which lends reprieve to the burden of strife.