in my dream last night
i lived in Chicago again
but had the job I have
i was leaving, moving back,
and (i guess) told them i had to go
it wasn’t 4th of July this time
it wasn’t a month’s notice
it wasn’t saying goodbye to them all
and driving home
i came home and walked into my new job
(that i had somehow had before)
and realized i didn’t love it
i told them
“i left in the middle of the week!
i have to go back
and work two more days.”
the manager wasn’t happy about that.
she frowned and i thought about how long the train ride would be.
but i was seriously considering going back
moving there again
for good, for longer
because what about those kids?
what about watching them grow up?
what about knowing them better next year?
i started to wake up
that Chicago-job, the one in the dream
is really the job i have now
i don’t have to move back
i just have to wake up
so I did,
and left for work.