© 2019 Barbara Grace Lake
She’d never answer knowing that
Adults who ask would simply laugh
For children never know their minds
That lonely child who couldn’t say
She’d want her father home at night
Both parents snug her tightly in
She wouldn’t answer knowing that
If more than book t’was way too dear
Another year, another day
That girl away in boarding school?
She wanted more than life could give
A home in which to live. A home.
She wanted clothes, the latest styles.
Her gifts were seconds, last year’s rack
Not fitting quite her size or life
All felt they knew her mind quite well
She had career, they could not guess
What she’d most want if they should ask
A home, a home in which to live.
So woman married, children came
A life ideal thought all she knew
Of sanctity and marriage vows
Alone again, the questions rose
What will you, can you do alone
Through heartache, blessing even love
Though not again a sensual kind.
Her needs the same as when at 10
A home to share in which to live.
Now home she shares with caring child
Those final questions answered, done.