Present Tense, by Jason Lehman
It was spring, but it was summer I wanted,
The warm days and the great outdoors.
It was summer, but it was fall I wanted,
The colorful leaves, and the cool, dry air.
It was fall, but it was winter I wanted,
The beautiful snow and the joy of the holiday season.
It was winter, but it was spring I wanted,
The warmth, and the blossoming of nature.
I was a child, but it was adulthood I wanted,
The freedom and the respect.
I was 20, but it was 30 I wanted,
To be mature and sophisticated.
I was middle-aged, but it was 20 I wanted,
The youth and the free spirit.
I was retired, but it was middle age I wanted,
The presence of mind, without limitations.
My life was over.
But I never got what I wanted.
The Chicago Tribune, 2/14/1989, found at https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1989-02-14-8903050524-story.html on August 20, 2021