Title: Mama may I

Started 3-2-11, finished 3-24-11


Six years old and bossy

Shining eyes and brilliant smile

Laughing loud as the sky

Queen of kindergarten

Bright future ahead

She'll rule the world someday

.

But today she fell off the swing

The teacher called Mama

The doctor says she'll be fine

A bump on the head and bruises

Go home, watch her close,

Keep her from school tomorrow

But everythin's alright

And on the bed, tears in her eyes, she says

.

Mama may I go now

I'm so tired and I hurt

Mama may I go now

And Mama smiles, picks her princess up, and they go

.

Fourteen years old and icy

Arms crossed and teeth bared

Daddy hasn't said a word

He's so disappointed in his baby girl

He wants to demand answers

But if he tries to speak he'll scream

Mama puts a hand on his shoulder

And he closes his eyes to breathe

Their princess murmurs

.

Mama may I go now

I'm so tired and I hurt

Mama may I go now

I just wanna sleep with no dreams

.

Mama nods and promises they'll talk tomorrow

And Daddy doesn't watch as she trudges up the stairs

And that night their princess cries herself to sleep

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Twenty-five years old and angry

Tears of rage and frustration in her eyes

Mama listens through the phone

Hands clenched and heartsick

She never had liked that boy

And now her baby's crying, and she says

.

Mama may I go now

I'm so tired and I hurt

Mama may I go now

I wanna come home

.

Mama says baby just breathe

I'll catch a flight and come to you

Don't upend your whole life for this fool

Things'll get better you'll see

Baby girl wait for me

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Thirty-two years old and dying

Slick roads and a thick tree

She wants to call Mama

But she can barely breathe

And she whispers brokenly

.

Mama may I go now

I'm so tired and I hurt

Mama may I go now

Please Mama may I

.

In her mind she hears

Baby go to sleep

Everything'll be alright now you'll see

My baby girl don't you worry

.

Mama answers the phone

She listens then she screams

Daddy drops his spoon into the oatmeal

He sees Mama's tears and starts to weep

Mama says I'll be there shortly

.

She's six years old and bossy

Forever in their minds

That little girl who laughed louder than the sky

Asking Mama may I