Running the hot water in the shower,
Waiting until boiling,
The steam rises toward the ceiling.
Early morning, the lights flicker,
Still dark outside.
Heading to hospital
For a birth. A new day,
Yesterday a setback, a failure.
Today is unknown.
The cold air, red faced
Scream as the air enters your lungs
An air that kills.
The world is cruel.
Mothers have done this forever.
Empty seat on the bus,
As school children eye me from the windows.
I walk along the street and recall
Being screamed at from buses after school.
Buses don’t have windows that open now.
They stared at you silently.
One day soon, my child will go to school.
May that day be gentle,
May the future be sweet.