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by Christopher Mudiappahpillai

I went for a long walk today, through Warden Woods Park. For some forty or so minutes, there was nothing about but me, the occasional twittering bird, the wind rustling through the leaves, a gurgling brook, and the fragrance of cedar. Almost perfect, it was.

Heard this on a radio as I neared home.


Pinch Me

Barenaked Ladies

From the album, Maroon

It’s the perfect time of year

Somewhere far away from here

I feel fine enough, I guess

Considering everything’s a mess

There’s a restaurant down the street

Where hungry people like to eat

I could walk but I’ll just drive

It’s colder than it looks outside

It’s like a dream you try to remember

But it’s gone

Then you try to scream

But it only comes out as a yawn

When you try to see the world

Beyond your front door

Take your time, is the way I rhyme gonna make you smile?

When you realize that a guy my size might take a while

Just to try to figure out what all this is for

It’s the perfect time of day

To throw all your cares away

Put the sprinkler on the lawn

And run through with my gym shorts on

Take a drink right from the hose

And change into some drier clothes

Climb the stairs up to my room

Sleep away the afternoon

It’s like a dream you try to remember

But it’s gone

Then you try to scream

But it only comes out as a yawn

When you try to see the world

Beyond your front door

Take your time, is the way I rhyme gonna make you smile?

When you realize that a guy my size might take a while

Just to try to figure out what all this is for

Pinch me, pinch me, ’cause I’m still asleep

Please God tell me that I’m still asleep

On an evening such as this

It’s hard to tell if I exist

If I pack the car and leave this town

You’ll notice that I’m not around

I could hide out under there

I just made you say “underwear”

I could leave but I’ll just stay

All my stuff’s here anyway

Like a dream you try to remember

But it’s gone

Then you try to scream

But it only comes out as a yawn

When you try to see the world

Beyond your front door

Take your time is the way I rhyme gonna make you smile

When you realize that a guy my size might take a while

Just to try to figure out what all this is for

Pinch me

Try to figure out what all this is for

Pinch me

Try to see the world beyond your front door

Pinch me

Try to figure out what all this is for