Maggie, Not Margaret

August 28, 2011
Little Maggie was a spirited six year old,
Passionate and fun, creative and free,
Maggie danced and played until Daddy came home.

When Daddy came home, she asked him to join in on the fun she was having;
No playing for Daddy, he’s too tired from work,
Big important business people don’t have time to play.

A month passed and Maggie sits in front of a cake full of candles.
“Make a wish”, Auntie said,
Maggie wished for Daddy to come home and play.

Birthdays came and went, Daddy missing all,
Seven, eight and nine,
Maggie always wishing Daddy would come play.

Years later, Maggie is fourteen, and a whiz at math.
Daddy sees this, and pushes her into finance classes at school.
Now Daddy is interested in Maggie.

Changes occurred that day,
Maggie turned to Margaret, Daddy to Father, fun to work.
Margaret is always working now, never stopping to enjoy life.

Margaret is twenty-six now, living on her own in the big city.
She is a young business woman,
Spending her Friday nights going on business dinners,
Impressing the big corporate bosses.

Margaret is a very successful woman,
Father couldn’t be more proud;
But Margaret has a secret she’ll never tell.
She hates her life.
Her job, always the same, always boring, routine

It’s a Friday night and Margaret is getting ready
For another business dinner.
She puts on her black blazer with the sparkly buttons.

Arriving at the uptown restaurant,
She meets the executives, shaking their hands.
“Hello Margaret,” one says.

Margaret had had enough,
“It’s Maggie not Margaret,” she replied,
Turning to her boss she said, “And I quit,”

Now Maggie is back, finally free
From the prison that was her life.

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MumblingMelanie This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 2, 2011 at 9:13 pm
This is lovely! And so true. It kills me that people would throw their lives away for money, though maybe I'm simply too young to understand. I greatly enjoyed reading this; the message is wonderful.
JulianneV replied...
Oct. 3, 2011 at 2:32 pm
thank you! I agree; i'd rather be a poor, interesting artist than rich and boring
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