Treasure Island

Aria Lei

(January 20,1996 / Washington, USA)

Maybe Someday


I hit the ground,
running away,
seeing you today
with her
in the woods.

Tears sting in my
eyes, but I hold
them in, just barely,
behind my eyelids.

I hide, by a river,
a half a mile or so
away from there.
My tears run free
down my cheeks and
follow the rain
down to the ground.

Chorus:
I want to run away,
run away,
run away from here.
I want to run away,
run away,
run from here.

I walk from my
classroom, out
to my car, rushing
now because it's
raining like that day
not too long ago.

One of my students
is huddled outside, cute
and soaked at just the
age of five. I kneel
down beside her not afraid
of getting wet, ask her,
'Where's your mommy or
daddy? '

She answers, 'I don't
have one yet.'

I look at her frowning,
then look to my right.
A brown car has
materialized and she
looks at me, 'See you
next year, Mrs. Lightner,
hopefully.'

All this from a little
kid of just five years
old, to me, at thirty,
still single, not many
years to go before I can't
have my own baby.

I ask her where she
lives if she's got no
mom or dad, she answers
and I ask where that's
at.

I go home to think
then finally make up
my mind, I think it's
time for a mom and dad
she does find.

Chorus 2:
It's time for her to run away,
run away,
Run away from there.
It's time for her to run away,
run away,
run from there.

I drive down there
and sign the adoption
papers, taking my new
little girl home with
me right away.

'Now I have a mommy, '
she says, 'What about
a daddy? '

I shake my head and
look away, 'Maybe
someday.'

Submitted: Saturday, May 28, 2011

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