But Mama Why?

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Does someone have a pamphlet on how to parent during a pandemic?
Can you draw me a map of how to navigate the million little questions?
Is there a mathematical equation that solves how to feed a baby while playing with a toddler while explaining to my 2nd grader how to make a zoom call?
And then it happens it’s always the same every time, but mama why?
But mama why can’t I go back to school?
But mama why can’t I have a birthday party this year?
But mama why can’t I go to my friends house?
But mama why are you so scared of me coughing?
It’s these questions that seem to make this pandemic even harder.
What answer can I give to you my darling?
Which words can I stitch together to create a blanket of happiness to hide you from this ugly reality?
The heartbreak of telling her school is cancelled hits again.
Fear fills my throat at the thought of him thinking his day isn’t important.
Anger swirls through me as I explain why we can’t go to another house.
Anxiety hits as I try to not make them scared while explaining why a cough worries me more now.
Does someone have a pamphlet on how to parent during a pandemic?
Can you draw me a map of how to navigate the million little questions?
Is there a mathematical equation that solves how to feed a baby while playing with a toddler while explaining to my 2nd grader how to make a zoom call?
But mama why?

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