He Told Me He Loves Me

Six little words
backlit in green
on my phone
fill my heart
with a smile so warm
the words could have been said to me

He told me he loves me
what more can I ask
as a mother
for my young
than to know the words

He told me he loves me

I don’t understand
how a parent can care
that the he who said it
said it to my son
to know that he is loved
accepted
despite it all
To know that a heart
reaches our to his heart
and told the softness in his soul

he told me he loved me

The Look

I’ve never cared
who you are
or who you love
as long as I can
call you my friend
I understood
Stood up for my friends
for what matters
just because it matters
I understood

The day came
when I heard the words
that other parents
dread
Mom I’m gay
I heard the stories
first hand
I was read the news
first hand
Threats became real
hearing that he had tried
to join the ranks of
bullied to death
and I UNDERSTOOD

Then came the day
when I was talking
to friends
people I see every day
people who tell me
their problems
the bad
the good
the just talking
we share
The day came when
I shared
Proud,
I met my son’s boyfriend
they are so alike
wonderful to see
I shared
and I saw
And I REALLY REALLY UNDERSTOOD

The look
The one that says
hate
evil
defective
I saw the look
directed at me
through me
at you
and the pain
like a physical slap
across my face
drew breath
and now
I not only understand
but a mother called
to protect the young
now I am involved