Stanzas three and four

The line break between stanzas two and three moves from the idea that the child is sleeping innocently to the mother's worry that the child might be dead ("the sleep of oblivion"). This establishes the mood of paranoia that pervades the rest of the poem. It also asks another question about how Leila is viewed. If she is not innocent is she seen as guilty of something? Is this child being treated as if a criminal?

My headlights are paranoic eyes

In this line, Kay uses personification to suggest that the speaker is alert and afraid that she will be caught. This fear is justified when she is apprehended.

Kay turns questions "What is that fear. /Does it have a name." into statements as if the answers simply don’t exist. She is unable to express in words the extent of her fear.

The word "name" is repeated, reminding us that it is the speaker who is being denied her rights to her own freedom and identity. She and her daughter are powerless. This is confirmed by the repetition of "they" – the pronoun for the men who have the control.

"They want" and "They take" until there is nothing left. The minor sentence "Their faces." gives them a sense of detachment and anonymity as they appear to be all the same to the woman.

Now there is nothing left/ /but to go with the men in plain suits.

Kay uses enjambment to end the stanza on a bleak note – the woman has been stripped of everything.