I’m Alright


Once I saw my mother faint
She toppled over like a slaughtered pig on the kitchen floor
Large cloudy rips of sweat covered her face and neck
I wondered if this was the result of the heat, hunger, or exhaustion

Us kids were often hungry, rarely exhausted, didn't mind the heat
Mama was always exhausted, probably always hungry too
She didn't seem to like the heat very much

At the time, I didn't think too much about it
Didn't even call out for help
I plopped down beside her, watched her sleeping
Walked my ragged doll across her belly and chest

When she came to
She comforted me, as if I had been afraid
She stroked my cheeks and sang a little song
I'm OK baby, I'm alright, I'm OK baby, I'm alright
When the little song was done
She staggered to the sink, drink water from her hand
I went back out into the yard to play with the others

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