Mama, Don't!

Your day at work was bad
I can see it in your face
I see it in your walk
I hear it in your voice

You pour yourself a drink
You chug it down
You swoon from the taste
You pour another one

You open a bottle
And pour out a handful
"Mama, don't!" I plead
You swallow those too

We are in the ambulance
I'm sitting at your side
My day just fell apart
I wonder if this is how you felt

You get all better
We drive back home
You go back to work
I go back to school

Your day at work was bad
I can see it in your face
You swallow more pills
"Mama, don't!"