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An Urchin's Prayer for You

As you walk into this day,
I want you to meet it all the way.
I want you to make love to the sunshine
I want you to dance in the rain.
I want you to fight with the traffic cop
And abuse the zombie on the other lane.

Kill a boss or two
Bring smile to a lonely hearts face.

Drench yourself in Victoria's secrets
Drape yourself in a lace

As you walk out to meet life today
I want you to face it with little grace.

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