Chameleon - UBC's Journal of Children's Literature
v 1 n 1
Spring 2003

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I Thought, Maybe

by Karen Hakkarainen

Every Second Friday One Friday, when the smell of green
still clung to my room
and Dad rang up
from the front door,
I thought,

I buzzed him in, sat on the edge
of my bed and imagined
him in the elevator, checking his face
in the mirrored walls or combing his hair
as the car bumped upward.

Mom was in the kitchen, still in her work clothes,
her high-heeled shoes jack hammering
the floor as she banged cupboard doors,
wrenched open the fridge,
rattled bottles, and yelled
Are you ready to go?

My backpack sat by my bedroom door
stuffed full of pajamas, socks,
a sweater, my sketchbook
but I couldn't answer.
My eyes were pressed shut.
If I concentrated
I could hear
the elevator
at our floor,
the doors
in the

Get that, will you?
Mom called from the kitchen
but I stayed anchored
to my bed.
A second knock,
so Mom answered.
I thought,
and crept
to my bedroom door.

But they sounded like announcers
from the weather channel describing
volcanic eruptions and magma flows -
tomorrow morning, waterslides
ice-skating later in the day

- as if they didn't really happen.

I slung my bag on my back
and slouched down the hall.
I thought,
Every Second Friday
Illustration by Krista Mason      
Read by Karen Hakkarainen   

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