Cardinal Ream

“Cardinal Ream, you must awake!
A heavy rain will soon pour!
Please get up!” his brother said,
“Grab your things and head toward the door!”

Cardinal sleepily grunted,
Smiled and turned his head,
“Oh, go on without me.
I’m staying in bed.”

“But Cardinal, they say it’s the big one!
Get up right now, mister!
That’s it!
I’m calling your sister!”

“Cardinal Ream!”
His sister screamed,
“Look outside, the heavy rain has started.
Put on your clothes! We should by now have departed.”

Cardinal sleepily grunted,
Smiled and turned his head
“Oh, go on without me.
I’m staying in bed.”

Cardinal’s mother and father now walked in his room,
Around the exact same time
The thunder started to BOOM!

“Please get up, Cardinal dear,
We cannot leave without you.”
And at that moment,
The window shattered
By a strong wind blowing through.

The sound awoke
Young Cardinal Ream,
And he quickly discovered it was all a dream.

He was still in his orphanage room
And outside – not a cloud in the sky.
No rain was falling –
Everything was dry.

© Alvaro Salinas Jr

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