A boy wakes up, goes to school, learns things;
he gets homework assigned, he goes home
eats dinner and speaks a few words to his parents
before hitting the books.
Later, red-eyed from staring at pages of overwrought words
he hits the hay,
dreams of asking out that one special girl at school,
dreams of making his friends laugh and think he’s cool
dreams of winning his parent’s respect.
He’s always been in his brother’s shadow, you see,
and he’d like to get out.
The next day, he wakes up and goes back to school-
Yes, it’s back to same old routine.
Sometimes, he forgets his homework at home;
sometimes, he does well;
but for the most part he rides a solid B-/C+ grade,
just above average-
and he never talks to the girl,
and he never becomes the popular kid,
and his relationship with his parents remains strained.
Still, every night, he hits the hay and dreams
Soon enough, the boy grows up.
He graduates from high school and moves out
to go to college.
He gets drunk and has sex.
He has some fun.
His grades drop.
Soon, a young woman tells him that she is pregnant with his child.
He drops out of college and
takes a job at a gas station.
There is a shotgun wedding,
weeks before the baby is born.
The boy turns into a man,
he works hard,
both he and his wife-
it takes him a while to get used to that word-
spend a lot of sleepless nights together,
raising up the fruit of their loins.
They spend a lot of time doubting themselves,
their ability as parents,
but they smile widely anyone stops to
say how handsome their little boy is.
The man gets fat and old,
his wife is still beautiful.
He knows much more than her name now.
He sees the multiverses in her eyes and in her smile.
He holds her hand.
He tries to let go as seldom as possible.
Their kid grows up.
He goes to school.
He catches on quick and gets good grades.
The teachers say, “what a fine boy he is!”
The man says, “you can thank his mother for that.”
It’s tongue-in-cheek, but really he’s eating up every word.
The kid grows up and moves out.
The man goes to bed one last time.
He can hear his wife sleeping beside him.
He knows his time is near, still he doesn’t want to disturb her.
So, he simply leans over, kisses her on the forehead,
closes his eyes, and dreams.