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Let’s Do Shallow Right

by Richard Haxton

He had looked for love in too many places
Never stayed long enough to see it succeed
She did not expect some deep commitment
All she needed was someone to pay some heed

They had broken hearts. They had broken laws.
They were slowing down because of the fading of the light
They’d learned enough along the way for one to hear the other say —
If we’re gonna do shallow, let’s do shallow right

Let’s start living, start forgiving
We know what it’s like when the wind is high and you cannot hear the call
We’re consenting, not buying, renting
We don’t need no confessions
   We know the worst way to make a big impression
Is to get going really fast and then hit the wall