“You’re mother’s in the hospital.” It’s cancer! Be brave! “Your cousins are dead; all perished.” Don’t speak of it. You’ll upset others. “Dad is not what you think he is.” We have secrets. Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. “Your sister is pregnant.” It’s a disgrace! They need my help. “Mother’s back is broken.” Go away! I am not wanted. “Mom is not coping.” Keep the baby quiet. It’s all on my shoulders. Suicide attempts drug use more deaths illness divorce sexual promiscuity breakdowns insanity spiraling out of control Hold it together We count on you. I am responsible. I am strong. They need me. Chaos collusion
runaway rape “I have to leave.” I’ll save you. It’s never-ending. I’m losing control. STOP! WAIT!
I AM WEAK
I learn to be,
gain strength from
knowledge, baby steps
The Earth beneath me my protector; the sky above salvation; I am safe.
“You’re Mother is in the hospital.” She wants to die. I must be strong.
The walls around me crumble…
I am losing ground…
… a child again.