Bedtime Stories

I wish I could
write you a
mediocre ending.
One where all the
main characters
wind up
contented enough.

I know you don’t
expect much
from the story.
I just wish that
I could convince you
that it’s happening now.
It is not separate
or a thing that
will matter
much later on.

Of course there is
no happy ending.
Those don’t
really exist.

Except in the stories
your mother tells you,
to take the day away
and make the night
easier to get through.

And those stay with you.
Long after you are
old enough to realize
the best you can hope for
is a mediocre ending.

The happy ending
she offered will
be there, too.
~4/1/16

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