There once was a girl who lived by the shore,
Whose Mommy told her they were quite poor.
The Mommy was afraid that they’d be in need
So she lied and deceived and grew lost in her greed.
As time went by, the little girl grew,
Increasing in beauty and all that she knew.
She loved her mommy but felt angry inside
Because Mommy used people and quite often lied.
It was bad when Mommy exchanged truth for wealth,
But it was sad when Mommy lied to herself.
She told lies so good, she believed her own
Until they became her only friends in a lonely home.
The little girl swore she’d never know this life,
So she found a boy and became a wife.
She made friends and a family in a lovely town,
And had her own little girl whom she’d never put down.
Then one day this Mommy had a very bad day,
She knew not what to do or what to say.
Angry and worried, she gave up an old goal,
And instead used lies for the sake of control.
But when all seemed done and it seemed she’d won,
Maybe all she’d proven was that she too could run.
Conflict and pain were never dealt with head-on,
Not as a child and not as a mom.
Now Daddy’s no saint; he has his own lies,
He forgets how little the world satisfies.
But he dreams of the day when all is made right,
On that day when we’ll kneel before an unapproachable light.
But for now another little girl grows down by the shore
Apart from a Daddy who could not love her more,
A Daddy who’ll someday look into her eyes,
And apologize because, “Your Mommy and I just believed too many lies.”