I know your smile
I know your grin
and I know the different nuances between them
I know your walk
I know your waddle
and I know when you begin to feel unwell
I know your pleading eyes
I know your puppy-dog faces
and I know that I can't ever say "no" to you
But do you hear my tired laugh?
Do you see my drained collapse?
Do you sense the tears welling just beyond the pale?
I'm breaking down, sister dear.
I can't carry your burdens forever.