It's the Little Things

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"Study" says Mother

"Study" says Father

"Study" says the brother and the sister

And the others

 

She studies

And studies 

And studies

She gets nowhere

 

Outside the birds fly by

The bikes ride past 

People's paths cross

Life goes on without her

 

Her friends graduate with honors

Scholarships are given

She watches

Eyes dark and alone

 

Success

Found in Law School

Shown in Graduate School

Not seen here

 

"What will you do" asks the Mother

"What is your salaries" asks the father

"Are you successful" asks the brother and the sister

And the others

 

She works

And works

And works

She is not content

 

Watching from the skyscraper window

She sees clouds pass by

Planes fly by 

Time slowly disappearing

 

The city shines

She in black 

Friends gather in the bar

Eyes black and Mind a-far

 

Happiness 

White in Weddings

Rebeliance in Youth

Out there alone

 

"Where is your husband" asks the Mother

"Where are your children" asks the Father

"Where have you been" asks the brother and the sister

And the Others

 

She looks

And looks

And looks

There is no one around

 

Outside in the park

A newborn giggles

Magnolias bloom

Life passed by

 

Alone she weeps 

Beside her sisters black bed

A concrete garden

Gardenias lay on their side

 

Isolated

Christmas presents

Thanksgiving dinners

An empty cup in solitude at the table

 

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