A/N: Written for the "Hero" Challenge at iypoems LJ comm.

Disclaimer: I don't own Inuyasha.

Mother Waits Alone

She sweeps the shrine steps,
A sweetly somber
Smile on her face,
Always waiting there
To catch slim chance of
A long-missed embrace.

Softly, the wind creeps
Past her ears, as the
Sun begins to set.
If Kagome had
Come home, here is the
View she would have met:

Extra food prepared
Just in case she had
Happened to arrive,
Smiles waiting there
For her if she had
Only looked inside.

But Kagome does
Not come home, not this
Day nor the next one;
Mother waits alone
Against the backdrop
Of a setting sun.