It was a day like any other,
Dara washed clothes, load after load.
Draped them from the line,
dancing wildly , each time the wind blew.
Tended to the baby;
bottles, diapers and rocking chairs.
Attended to the bills and the dog,
so accustomed to the mundane life
she had chosen.
She gathered up her bundle of joy
and pulled herself together for a walk outside.
The four-wheeled carriage awaited her babe,
so they got situated and rolled down the sidewalk.
Two blocks over, Dara eyed something billowing
in the wind. Green paper, floating up and down,
in circles and angled, sharp turns.
It was a tumble weed of green bills,
cascading down from the sky.
A surge of joy came over the mother,
scooping up her wealth.
The new found green
could afford her many things.
She and her baby lived on a pittance,
It was a slippery slope.
A smile settled in on her face
as she thought of the possibilities.
Reality hit, and Dara knew
the right thing to do.
She walked the bundle to
the nearest police station.
With sadness, she unfurled her
fingers and released the cash.
They told her to wait 30 days,
to see if anyone staked their claim.
So, she went about life,
with the diapering and the laundry.
The thirty day mark had finally come
and Dara got a call.
The money had been claimed,
a surge of anguish came over her.
Dara felt her heart drop
into her stomach.
She tried to tell herself
it wasn’t hers to keep.
Turns out the one who lost
the money, was worse off than she.
And the young mother returned
the handset back to its cradle.
She looked around her
quaint little place.
She had everything she needed,
and that was enough.
Just then, her baby took
her first step.
Dara knew her life was blessed.
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