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The Second Mother

The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?), Brazil 

 

A daughter asks: 

Que Horas Ela Volta? 

A question that’s been asked for as long as she can remember 

Long into the night that knows no distance 

 

Jessica 

A high school student with a motherless childhood

She fills the absence with resentment, a cold and snarky exterior 

It never quite makes the gap whole 

The gap her mother left 

 

But look where she landed

Always nice clothes on her back; never a lack of food on her plate 

And she’s about to take her university entrance exam  

Going to college is the stuff of dreams 

She could just imagine her mother dancing in pride 

Arms waving joyously in the air 

But she can only imagine 

For she’s forgotten 

The last time she saw her face

The last time she heard her voice  

All she knows of her mother are packages and envelopes 

 

A mother asks: 

Que Horas Ela Volta? 

A question that’s been asked for as long as she can remember 

Long into the night that knows no distance 

 

Val 

A live-in house maid working in a daughterless house 

She fills the absence with a son, the child of her employers 

He never quite makes the gap whole 

The gap her daughter left 

 

But she left out of love 

In order to provide, to truly provide 

She knew she had to leave 

All those hours spent 

Cleaning a pool she could never dream of swimming in 

Fixing a table she never would be asked to eat at 

For a Dona that looked at her like a dog 

All for Jessica, her little Jessica 

To be able to pay for school 

To not be picked on because of her clothes 

She smiles thinking about how beautiful her filha must be

But all she can do is guess 

 

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