TRADING PLACES

How often have you stopped and thought,

What glamorous lives they lead,

Those movie stars and celebrities,

With everything they want or need!

Not for them the clipping coupons,

Struggling daily to make ends meet,

Standing in lines in supermarkets,

With the ninety-nine-cent-store-elite;

Those famous people–singers, dancers,

Country stars in Tennessee,

Famous folk in Hollywood,

Living the life I want for me.

They live in mansions in the hills,

Dine on steak cooked by their chefs,

While you and I fry ground beef patties,

And make hamburger helper with what’s left;

They have a chauffeur while I drive a car

that maybe has seen better days,

They have a gardener while I’m pulling weeds,

Decided what goes or what stays;

I’ve often wondered how it would be

to live a life of luxury,

to live a life on the other side,

Rich and famous, filled with pride–

And then a famous face appears

in the tabloids; she is in tears;

Seems her husband wrecked her life

and has a secret second wife;

Everything they say and do,

the tabloids catch it all,

While in the privacy of my home,

I watch them take the fall;

and then somebody says to me

“Your life seems like the best,

I wish I had a life like yours”

I’m nonplussed, I must confess;

Someone wants a life like mine?

I see it  now in aces–

Life is just a  wishing game

Of wanting to trade places —

Sandra Lee Smith

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