The Time Mom Gave Me The Chancla For Letting Andrew Jackson Escape Out The Window

It is 12 p.m. we arrived home from
Sunday church and I am the last person
to walk through the door and mom yells
Cierre la puerta the AC is running which
means mom just put in 70 hours of work
this week to pay the bills which means
to feel cold is a privilege a ghost to
visit thanks to mom’s labor of love a
desperation to put bun and milk on the
table for her four daughters one time in
the boiling summer of 1999 on gave me
the chunk left for leaving the window
open she swore she saw a flock of dollar
bills fly out the window and soar
through the sky the tip of each green
wing printed with the number 20 and on
their bellies an image of Andrew Jackson
waving a farewell and outside they flew
and outside the Sun burnt each thin
paper bird to a crisp before they can
find freedom and claim at their own I
still remember the bruise on my left
button cheek when I failed to foil the
windows to keep the devil out and it is
almost as hot then as it is right now
but right now our home is breathing a
cold breath which means we are blessed
to know the luxury of shiver to know the
taste of snow and a place it does not
sense

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