Halfway House

girl child

Mama, spare me a thought

When you let go of that hand

Your lonely life may hurt a lot

But don’t blame me for the bones that thaw

I know I wasn’t always wanted

Inside these dirty walls

I wasn’t a dream that was granted

I know you wished for my fall

But spare a thought for the unwanted spirit

The one that haunts these tiny hands

It maybe cursed but it’s still a gift

For it comes from your fertile lands

The idea of me maybe daunting

But if I smile like an angel will you let me be?

If I promise to be a quiet darling

Will you then hold on to me?

Mama, I can tell we aren’t home yet

This fear you feel is a ruse

The real home will be full of love I bet

This is just a halfway house

To the little girl

The little girl in the brown coat

Left before life came by

She waited in a blistering cold

For a soul subservient to times

In a cold wind breeze she cried

Muffled in a silent dream

The winter wonderland passing by

And the night swallowing her screams

At length they came

The angels of the night

They stopped the rain

And fought the fright

They stooped down

The narrow pipes

And trudged along

Cold dark sights

Fished her out into life

In the warm lights

Only to let her drown

Out in the open sea at night