Ms. V | Gayle Bell

Hope can surprise you, it can survive the odds against it…
The soul is nothing more than love, limitless, endless…. —Amy Tan, The Hundred Secret Senses
I offer her cho chos but she never accepts
even when I beg
She has a teacher’s enunciation
when she does talk

The street residents call her mom 
The church outreach workers tell me
 she’s been out here a long time

I slipped a bogo burger in her bag
when she went to the fast-food restroom to freshen up
She hugged me and wished me blessings
This, I said is my church tithe
I felt it was better placed

She favors my mamma
Transitioned these 4 years
before Mother’s Day

She is a coloring mix of Aztec and afro
always has a pixie smile 
Some inner joke perhaps about
those who think they have better
Some punch line 
who will inherit the earth

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