Distant Shore

I fell asleep, my heart flew to a distant shore
where children had all they wanted and needn't ask for more,
where illness, poverty and hate were banished from the land,
where mothers didn't toil all day with calluses on their hand.

I fell asleep, my heart flew to a distant shore
where dignity was granted to those who mopped the floor,
where color wasn't used to judge the character of a man,
where teachers were revered as the lifeblood of the clan.

I fell asleep, my heart flew to a distant shore
where black and white had equal opportunity to soar,
where television raised our thoughts to a higher plane,
where those who were different, weren't thought insane.

I fell asleep, my heart flew to a distant shore
where nations lived in peace despite what came before,
where each individual helped to care for the Earth,
where women were all beautiful no matter what their girth.

I fell asleep and dreamed I flew to a distant shore
blind that it always waited outside my bedroom door.
Visions unattempted are impotent in scope.
Sweat makes new worlds, dreams make empty hope.

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