“May One”

“And edit the unsent letters of my life into a one word statement: Yes”

— Shane Koyczan


A Saudi-Arabian I live with,

using a digital dictionary,

asked what the difference is

between hope, wish and dream.

I tried to explain but was stumped

when he asked where ‘would’ fit…


I asked a German girl

if I could kiss her.

She held my gaze

and answered:


then tilted her head…


An American spoke

of a boy he loved

who taught him to

think like a citizen

lest there was no-one

left to speak at all…


To tell the stories of what

can be done with will,

stories of hopes wished

in the language of dreams;

the different dialects

describing possibility…


So this is my mayday call to

all the would’ves could’ves

should’ves left undone,

to all the might’ves

and maybes of life which

leave your heart pounding…

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