They say to delay gratification
Is a sign of intelligence, and purpose.
Such children do well in school,
Then succeed in life, then have
A mid-life crisis, which is delayed
Unhappiness, or need, or something.
On my street children with long,
Sweet faces have children early.
They, too, delay gratification.
Not for them the wedding feast,
Nor the nice home in the suburbs.
Not for them the diploma, the degree,
The good job and successful life.
Not for them, but maybe
For their children, who will live
To dream, or outlive dreams,
Or set new dreamers on the ground
Of earth, so they can postpone, or get,
Everything that didn’t happen, yet.