Mother make it all stop
make the shrieks, the screams vanish
make peace present in my life.
Allow me to remember without wanting to stop
Carry me through the rough spots
anchor me to the good times
let me mull there for a while
without stumbling so quickly to the rocks and cracks.
Tell me a story about when he would hold me
tightly, making me feel loved
where he sang to me with love
and the words were his own.
Is there a time he comforted me?
A time he made me fall asleep in his arms?
When my heart did not skip a beat
when I heard him creek into the house?
Mother, Make it all stop
even if you have to continue to lie.