a mother's plea
My dearest son, I must speak to you.
Life has caused a reversal
But my sacrifice remains.
This is what you are doing.
This is what I have done.
You threaten me with harm.
I threatened those who harmed you.
You gain by forcing me to go hungry.
I chose to go hungry for your gain.
Your hands slapped my cheeks.
My hands stroked your cheeks.
You sell my home so that you have excess.
I sold my excess so that you had a home.
You leave me in filth that I cannot clean.
I cleaned the filth that you left.
You take my money before I die.
I will freely give it to you when I die.
You destroy peace with words against your mother.
I mothered you with words that made peace.
I will not speak out.
I will not be left alone.
This is what I ask.
This is my plea.
Your life depended on me.
Let me depend on you.
I saw the future in you.
See the past in me.