I never learned how to swim.
And I never learned how to play chess.
Now I’m useless in a zombie apocalypse:
No strengths, no skills, and no smarts.
The world is ending.
But the zombies aren’t yet at my door.
So I think I’ll spend a little more time,
Sitting around drinking beer.
They tried teaching me;
The song and the dance,
The ways of the world,
The wrong and the right,
But I just never learned.
I kept coloring outside the lines,
Kept using the wrong colored crayon,
Kept getting asked why I couldn’t follow instructions,
All the while as I sat there wondering;
Why they didn’t teach me how to color,
And why they kept demanding I color the thing red.
They were the elders, though, they were in charge,
And that was that.
What did I know about success?
What did I know about anything?
To them I simply didn’t have what it took:
Not strong enough to swim against the current
Not skilled enough to make it my way
Not smart enough to meld passion and profession
I could never be an iconoclast
I was just an idiot
And so I was,
Always the idiot son,
Always the idiot brother,
Always the idiot cousin…
But with so much potential!
If only I’d learn:
How to swim in my lane,
And to play chess by the rules.
If only I’d defer and obey,
I’d be adept, and I’d grasp so much!
How to swerve and juke and jive,
How to sing and dance and act,
How to fake laugh, to secretly judge, to perpetually pretend…
Then I’d stop being such an idiot,
And I’d unlock my inner potential:
To be a zombie,
To infect new bodies,
To devour new brains.