To My Grandmother
You wanted me to stay, but I refused saying I needed to get home.
You wanted me to stay, but I couldn't because homework was more important.
You wanted me to stay, but I wouldn't because I didn't want to. You wanted me to stay, but I said 'no' because I hated your place.
You wanted me to stay; I saw the sorrow in your deep, dark eyes, yet I still said 'no.'
You wanted me to stay; I heard the pleading in your hushed voice, yet I still determinedly said 'no.'
You wanted me to stay, and I said 'yes.' But it was too late . . . For we buried you that dark, dismal day.
And I cried, because I wanted to stay.
She wept silently
No tears able to fall
For they were lost years ago
And blood now took there place
She drew in her breath and said,
"Forgive me, Father."
As she slid the blade across her wrist