I’d like to live my life as I
See fit to live it here.
To let my thoughts soar to the sky
Or drift ‘twixt earth and air.
I’d like to love the man I choose
Not give heed what folks might say;
To live; to love; to gain; to lose;
My life my own each day.
I’d like to travel where I would
With none to interfere
To be as I would, bad or good,
In mischief here or there.
I want to love whom I mustn’t love,
Do things that I shouldn’t do;
But old conventions hold me bound;
And family standards too.
– Circa 1924