My mother is an assembly line of mirrors:
my too borderless hair, my two-handful hips,
all the parts the mannequin would not hold.
If you subtract one mother, how many are left?
This problem is called adoption.
My mother is a locked file cabinet. No,
my mother is the one who put my mother
inside the file cabinet. Who spreads her hand
over mine like a lighthouse lantern,
a circumscription of white:
come home, I only want to grow
anchors beneath your skin.
Who never meant to raise an ocean.
Paraguay, I’m told, never touches the sea.
I get good at never touching what I cannot hold.
My mother is Google tip Search for English results only,
my mother is US Citizen & Immigration Form I-600,
my mother is nineteen. Which is nothing,
(now that I am old) except touching and the touch
steals into her womb and puts a ghost inside her.
They say all I did was look and sleep, sleep and look
as if watching the world hard for someone to appear.
After the exorcism, I like to imagine we stood
envying the river beyond the hospital curtains,
their rippling twin, its gleeful mud-brown joining,
and her or my small dark hand rocking us,
two dice inside God’s slowly opening fist.