This is for all of my boys,

for all those priceless smiles,
all of those shining, dangerous eyes,
for all of those hidden lines and patterns on your skin.

For all of your entitlement,
all of your selfishness,
all of those times we couldn't get it through your thick skulls

For all of the times you made us laugh,
and all of the times you made us cry,
for all of those little and rare moments that made everything worth it.

For all the times you made us feel small,
all of the times you treated us like objects,
all of those times you only wanted that one thing.

For all of the times we let you win arguments,
all of the times we gave in,
all of the times we just stopped talking.

For all of the times you said you were sorry and mean't it,
and all of the times you didn't.

For all of the times you made us feel like we weren't good enough,
all of the times you left,
and all of the times you came back.

For all of those times you promised forever,
and all of those times you broke those promises.

For all of those sleepless nights we had because of you,
all of those times we wanted to be there and you wouldn't let us,
all of the times we swore we were done with you.

For all of the empty "I love you''s and the "I miss you"'s and the "I need you"'s.

For all of those times you made our voices disappear.