When the woods whistled at night
And all the monsters came for me
I sneaked up to Mom’s room
And her hand on my waist kept me safe.
When rains would lash
And the waters would rise
I’d look at Mom’s calm
And it kept me safe.
When I would be a bundle of nerves
On the night before (every) exam
She’d walk in and I’d be fine.
When I could not tell her what bothered me
Just putting my head in her lap
Got me peace.
When I fell sick
She nursed me back to health.
When I stayed awake with my daughter
She split the night with me.
And now we are all gone
Far away from her.
And she falls sick every day,
It’s more the heart than the body.
And when I see her she says
I don’t want to live anymore
I just want to go now
Seen everything, and done everything.
I don’t want to be sick anymore.
And I gently remind her
And ask her if she would have liked it
Had I said it when I was sick sick sick.
No she says.
And then smiles
And gets ready for another day.
That’s what moms are
The safe haven the heart craves
And they ask for a little in return.
And if you can be there
For that little word when they need it
They are safe.
Your safe haven’s safe.