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Almost I am the loving mother
Almost I reach out and heal
Almost I can re-hold
the soiled
baby infant child
Almost meet the needs
of this very needy one
Yet with outstretched arms
the eyes of the molester twinkle
the destroyer stand by so
when they do jump into my arms
I drop them
and they fall
and fall
and fall

Irwin R. Shaw - June 15th 1989