Her mother died.
Her 9-year-old brother
was too young to lose a mother,
so she wrapped his sandwiches beautifully
and put toys in his lunch bags —
She married Bernardo.
Got up at 4 am to cook lunch plates.
A little extra money.
No time for sleep — Years.
Parties celebrate her children
Before they go out into the world.
Medical treatment is given when needed.
Selflessly transposed with detailed perfection.
What does she do for herself?
I can tell you from experience.
My friend Mother Earth,
Named after one who loved God — Looks,
But does not buy.
Last night —
The Sweet Sixteen.
She saw her beautiful daughter’s pax de deux with her father.
Then her moment came.
And she danced with diamonds in her hair.