Next Time

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She walked out.

She walked to Peter’s Neverland.

Nirvana was too far,

so she stepped along the Milky Way,

second star on the right

and straight on ‘til morning.

If the directions to Nirvana

had been as easy,                                          

she would have gone there.

Neverland had its good points,

flying, for one,

and the mermaids did great things

with hair.

In the end, Neverland was not much better

than the place she’d left.

All that fighting,

ethnic cleansing,

and always having to watch out for pirates

with poison cakes.

Nirvana would have been a better choice.

Maybe next time.

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