Melancholy Hyperbole

Poetry about longing.


He grew up wishing
That he was somebody

Who could defend himself against
The tough schoolyard bullies

Who could win first prize
In an essay writing contest

Who could win the heart
Of the homecoming queen

Who could learn to speak
A dozen languages

Who could land a job
That wasn’t minimum wage

But one day he passed
A man in a wheelchair

And saw he was singing
As if glad to be alive

Richard Schnap is a poet, songwriter and collagist living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His poems have most recently appeared locally, nationally and overseas in a variety of print and online publications.


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