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(To tune of, “The Impossible Dream,” by Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion, from Broadway Musical “Man of La Mancha.”(1965))

To buy everything I can buy
To own everything I can own
To shop till my arms are too weary
To carry one more bag alone

To crave one more dress off the rack
To squander what dollars I earn
To work at my job for one reason
To spend without shame or concern

This is my quest,
My only design
The mall is my heaven
The stores are divine
To spend hours on end, walking till my feet scale
Wanting everything there to be seen
In windows on sale

And my home, like a palace of greed,
Filled with loot from my trolls
I know, with these things I don’t need
Feels so empty of soul

And my life: Is it better for this?
Do I feel bolder with self-esteem?
That I’m sold on this life of consumption
To live
An Impossible Dream

Lyric © 2012 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
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