To the Woman Who Stopped Her Car to Scream at Me at the Bus Stop
May you never know the heartache
of mothering a child with mental illness
the breath-stopping anticipation of the next phone call
the debilitating exhaustion
of fending off her demons
and your own
a rope around the soft flesh of her young neck
eight hours in the psychiatric E.R.
May you never feel the helplessness
of watching your five-year-old refuse to eat
and fail to grow
tiny ribs sharp against paper-thin skin
begging him to take just one bite
scales and growth charts
mocking you with menacing numbers
the specter of a feeding tube
haunting your sleep
May you never find yourself caught
between two impossible choices
a demanding boss
and the child in desperate need
of all you have to give
May you never wake
day after day
with knots of uncertainty gnawing your gut
not wanting to know
May you never be on the receiving end
of the scorn you so easily dispense
of battles waging all around you
2 replies on “To the Woman Who Stopped Her Car to Scream at Me at the Bus Stop”
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