I saw a number on the phone,
I figured it was a doctor or the bus,
so I called back to see who it was.
it was mom.
I froze up,
my heart seized,
I was so scared I began to shake.
she was pleasant
and played the part of a lonely, loving mother.
but I know,
in my reaction,
if nothing else,
there is a monster beneath her skin,
I wouldn't have been so scared otherwise.
I haven't been so scared of her in very, very long time.