Dreaming | Claire S. Aronson
and I dream I’m a princess
in a castle
with a tower to look down from and wave at all the people
and smile at the handsome young prince who loves me.
and I really want
some private space
with a door I can close and a desk to keep
my secret thoughts, things for school,
and the watercolor set from grandma.
and I wish our house was pretty
so I could have friends over
like the other kids, where we could laugh
and dance and play our music and neighbors
wouldn’t yell and fight every night.
and my dreams are grown-up now.
I want to feel safe
and not worry that my baby
will eat the peeling paint
or I’ll trip on rotting stairs.
What I dream of now
is a sturdy house, a roof that doesn’t leak,
windows overlooking a clean street,
a place I can fix up as I like, a little yard
with flowers where my daughter
can play princess and her friends like to come.