Treasure Island

Li-Young Lee


A Story


Sad is the man who is asked for a story
and can't come up with one.

His five-year-old son waits in his lap.
Not the same story, Baba. A new one.
The man rubs his chin, scratches his ear.

In a room full of books in a world
of stories, he can recall
not one, and soon, he thinks, the boy
will give up on his father.

Already the man lives far ahead, he sees
the day this boy will go. Don't go!
Hear the alligator story! The angel story once more!
You love the spider story. You laugh at the spider.
Let me tell it!

But the boy is packing his shirts,
he is looking for his keys. Are you a god,
the man screams, that I sit mute before you?
Am I a god that I should never disappoint?

But the boy is here. Please, Baba, a story?
It is an emotional rather than logical equation,
an earthly rather than heavenly one,
which posits that a boy's supplications
and a father's love add up to silence.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • Poetry Hound (12/23/2004 7:26:00 AM)

    This poem speaks volumes while using very few words. Anyone who has children probably experiences something like this. While you're enjoying them as little tykes, you imagine what they will be like when they are grown and how they might treat you. (Report) Reply

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