but what do I know

if I could tell him

everything goes away

he’s just a guy

growing up

thinking cool is what matters

when what matters most

is what you have inside

& if I could tell him

he is just one of many

with a wounded mind

everybody has something

they are hurt with

can’t let pass by

& if I could tell him

these self-destructive thoughts

are just that

passing ideas that go

ease by & by

good times will come

as will other sad times

the wise one just watches

treats them all the same

picks out the ones

he wants to fly

& if I could tell him

but what do I know

I’m just another old man

who doesn’t understand

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