Other People’s Lives
Other people’s lives are wonderful
Other people’s lives are great!
I have such fun working out the lives
Of characters I create.
I can make them rich or make them poor
Or make this one play the fool
And that one a tragic heroine
Be benevolent or cruel.
I can lead them up the garden path
Or maroon them out at sea
I can make them die a painful death
‘They’re mine – so it’s up to me.
Whoever they are they stay with me
Once they exist they are real
I live their lives vicariously
Whatever they feel, I feel.
An author’s power is limitless
In our hands we hold the fate
Of the characters that we devise
And the lives that we create.