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The Dream

January 15, 2018

For as long as I can recall,

 

I wake up when the sun sets,

When all the city rests. 

 

I never went to school to learn about hypertext transfer protocol. 

Or played with neighborhood kids baseball.

 

I skidded into the kitchen on a small rug. 

 

"Mom, I want to play catch and fly a kite." 

"Why can't I wake up when it's light?"

 

 

My mom gave me a kiss and a hug.

"Don't pay it any mind, my little bug."

 

I hung on my mom's arm as she made two cups of tea. 

 

"But you look so sleepy." 

"If I could wake up in the day, I promise I won't be weepy." 

 

My mom handed me my mug, "My little chickpea." 

"Don't worry about that. Instead, tonight let's and play in the sea!"  

 

I danced up and down. 

 

"I'll grab the beach toys!" 

I raced to the closet, making lots of happy noise. 

 

After a minute or two, I began to frown. 

My mom helped me grab some plastic buckets, "Why are you down?" 

 

"You still haven't told me why." 

 

"Look there's a shooting star." My mom led me outside,

There we watched three falling stars mystified. 

 

Then, I started to cry. 

My mom picked me up and held me tight, "Why the sad eyes?"

 

"You still won't tell me..." 

 

"Am I sick?" 

"Or is waking up at night all a trick?" 

 

My mom sighed then began to tell the tale.

"I remember it all without fail."

 

"It started on a summer's day."

 

"Years ago I fell asleep under an apple tree."

"There I met a child as sweet as could be."  

 

"And we would play,"

"Hide n seek, and dinosaur keep away."

 

"I couldn't let her go, and she didn't want to leave. Little bee, you're my dream." 

 

I pondered it for a moment or two, 

Without getting blue. 

 

"But what does this all mean?"

"If I'm a dream, why can I still eat ice cream?" 

"And am I still your little jelly bean?"
 

"Forever and always."

 

"I'll stay up every night."

"Because you are my daylight." 

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