late

she comes to class late

or not at all

 

big blue eyes

curly blonde hair

freckles and all

 

she doesn’t have

the books she needs

 

but i’m just glad

she’s here at all

 

when i first asked her

about why she was late

she said she didn’t know

then she said

her dad slept in

then she said

her dad

stayed up late

talking to his friends

 

and when i learnt

about where her dad had been

(jail)

and what he’d been doing

(drugs)

 

it all made sense

 

i hate that

he’s teaching her

to lie

to be shy

 

i hate that

he’s teaching her

uncertainty

because

who’s picking her up

today?

 

but i promised her

(silently)

that i would be

there for her

that i would be

on time for her

that i would

teach her

that i would

smile for her

in case my smile

would be the first smile

she’d see

that day

 

and hope

that it’s enough

 

because she’s lovely

so lovely

big blue eyes

blonde hair

freckles and all