Tough Love

Discussion in 'Parent Emeritus' started by AJ's Mom, Sep 10, 2016.

  1. AJ's Mom

    AJ's Mom New Member

    I came across this poem the other day and it really hit home so I just wanted to share:halfsmile:

    Tough Love

    It is not without regret
    I did not help you.
    Sleepless nights,
    overcome with worry
    burdened with the knowledge
    that you walk the streets alone.

    "This time, will be different," you said,
    just like you've said so many times
    before. How I want to believe,
    to open my arms and my heart,
    for despite all you've done,
    when I look into your eyes
    all I see is the laughing
    little boy, you used to be.

    I'm sure you think me cold,
    uncaring, unfeeling, but
    that is the mask I wear
    in your presence, which
    threatens to crumble
    every time I see your face.

    As you walk away,
    I have to close my eyes,
    fight every maternal instinct,
    to make everything alright.
    But I cannot, for I have
    learned the hard way,
    I can't help someone
    who will not help himself.

    - K.E. Edwards Copyright 2016
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