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"The Changed Man" by Robert Phillips

"The Changed Man"

If you were to hear me imitating Pavarotti
in the shower every morning, you'd know
how much you have changed my life.

If you were to see me stride across the park,
waving to strangers, then you would know
I am a changed man—like Scrooge

awakened from his bad dreams feeling feather-
light, angel-happy, laughing the father
of a long line of bright laughs—

"It is still not too late to change my life!"
It is changed. Me, who felt short-changed.
Because of you I no longer hate my body.

Because of you I buy new clothes.
Because of you I'm a warrior of joy.
Because of you and me. Drop by

this Saturday morning and discover me
fiercely pulling weeds gladly, dedicated
as a born-again gardener.

Drop by on Sunday—I'll Turtlewax
your sky-blue sports car, no sweat. I'll greet
enemies with a handshake, forgive debtors

with a papal largesse. It's all because
of you. Because of you and me,
I've become one changed man.

-Robert Phillips



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Apr. 2nd, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC)
That means so much to me right now. You don't even know.

Heh, especially the part about the sky-blue sports car!
Apr. 2nd, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC)
Apr. 2nd, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
There's a line in the movie As Good as it Gets that goes: "You make me want to be a better person."

The best kinds of relationships are those which inspire.
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