She said, I want to see the whole world
To watch the sun rise on new shores
I want to climb mountains and run races
And linger at village market stalls
I want to try new spices and drink new wines
And wrap my tongue around new words
I want to try on a hundred lives in a hundred places
To wake early and stay out late
And nap in the midday sun.
He said, I want to take you home to meet my family
I want to share my name and my laundry
And when the children come, they will be yours to care for
And I will help when I want to
I’ll grin wryly at my honey-do list
And slip it into a pocket where it will stay for 6 months
I’ll tie ropes to your ankles and put cement in your shoes
You’ll learn the exotic language of PTA meetings and cartoons
You’ll wake early and stay up late
And long for naps at midday.
He said, will you marry me?
She said, no.
(a happier ending)