A proud young woman

stands tall against the pain.

Her determination is the only thing

that keeps her from falling.

Yet the onslaught never ceases,

and her iron-will begins to fade.

She frantically reaches for any support at all.

Her hand grasps at air

and nothing more.

The battle is hers alone;

no other can help her.

She must withstand the hurt

of losing her mother,

not to death,

but to far worse.

Her heart aches, her soul fades,

but who is to blame the girl?

For what warrior has the strength enough

to bear a mother's abandonment?