This Poem was Submitted By: Laura Jeanne Dean On Date: 2001-01-23 21:56:59 . . . Click Here To Mail this Poem to a Friend!

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The clock on the wall is silenced. I no longer can listen to the formidable metronome  Taunt me with it’s glaring sound of reprisal  For allowing you to walk out the door,    knowing I had the words that could stop you   but not letting go of pride long enough   to show you I cared. I watch the onset of dawn. Its arrival plays prelude to another day    Of trying to endure simple daily musings  While my entire being cries to know    If you are scared    If you are alone    If you shiver with cold    If you are hungry    If you   Need me. I feel you pulling my heartstrings   Through our invisible umbilical cord Which has become so taut     That it dares to explode   I feel the stretch marks forge your trail  Away from my maternal monarchy Into the arms of unknown rebellion Where your territory is far from my realm. I feel your desperation to know life  as you discard the name I gave you And take on an identity of colors  in a world of signing and drive bys You knocked on the door At the threshold of your hearts family But I was deaf to your plea As my own principals drown out your voice. I didn't hear your footsteps When they turned    and walked away.   Now, I am the imprisoned casualty  Locked in my room of hindsight I look through the bars of my responsibility To where your feet laid Your last impression on this ground I watch the evening cover the earth And get on my knees and pray That you are safe and that you will hear my cry To please Please…. Come home.

Copyright © January 2001 Laura Jeanne Dean

Additional Notes:
this was written when my daughter ran from home at the age of 14 and joined a gang. I lost her for nearly 4 years. She is now a Christian and has blessed me with a wonderful granddaughter.

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