Her mouth; a jagged circle
her voice drowned
by choking desperation.
Chubby fingers grope at nothing
arms outstretched
pleading for salvation.

A teardrop ruptures
plummeting down
slapping the floor
joining the puddle.

Every curse uttered
every racial slur thrown
washes over her
preoccupied and pining
for a mother
who refused to wake up
on the day her life turned.