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8 AM

10-04-15


8 AM

8am the sun was blazing
Full summer heat:
I looked at you… all I could see:
Shame and defeat.

And I fool myself constantly
Give in way too much:
You steal for drugs that steal your soul-
A toxic crutch.

The new toy in the garage wrecked-
You drove it mad;
The fear and intimidation-
You are just mad.

I cannot bear to be with you
My only son:
‘Hard love’ is harder for a mother-
It must be done.

Give me the strength to fight these tears-
Or cry them out:
I cannot come home to this house
To scream and shout!

Just look into the mirror, please
Stop your abuse:
Behaviour you reserve for me
Is just a ruse.

Blame him, blame her, and blame me-
But ‘no’… not ‘you’…
There is no sense of right or wrong-
What can I do?

No more a child yet not a man…
Again you rage:
Some wild beast that has just escaped
From out his cage.

Forgive me God! Though all I ask
May never be:
Alone in these shadows… I am…
As lost as he.


by Michael Collins



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