If day's had been much brighter and the west wind far less biting, with paths sufficiently straighter and avoiding fruitless fighting. If clearer thoughts pervaded with our goals so set in stone, if the tyrants and dictators would just leave us all alone. If the drugs that you are feeding us, weren’t always quite so strong, and the roads you’re always building didn’t have to be so long. If plans and all the plotting were for good instead of bad and the faces that we see were not so worried or so sad. If all the wealth and power was purged from those on high, or the promises they made were all for real and not just lies. If people walked down busy streets with heads held high and proud, for torment and oppression were no longer quite so loud. If mankind could live in peace; health and welfare for all, fragile elders were helped back up, not derided if they fall. If discipline, love and respect were restored within the masses and society made more equal with no need to split the classes. If once again, deep despair was a thing of days long past and the family was the beating heart that above all else, would last. If you could tell me we're free at last; that the voice of reason heard, that we had our own identities and were no longer just part of the herd. ... We live our lives on ifs and buts and fear the days to come, we judge our futures by the past instead of moving on. If only we could just let it all go; just live our lives so free, leave behind all the fear and hate and then look ahead to see... ...a brighter world of joy and hope would soon be bursting free, with love and light abounding that’s for one and all to see. Clear blue skies and a warming sun, filling hearts with desire, a peaceful world of will and wonder would be rising from the fires. * Written by Darren Scanlon, 10th February 2014. Revised 14th August 2015. ©2015 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.