men come
and go. Your friends
stay. Women
stay. Mom
said. Perhaps
this is a story of
women raging against women; of
women loving
women; of
women listening to
women, because
men don’t have time
to, because
men move
on, because
men haven’t learned
how to
listen, to
speak as
women; so
the thread,
the story
between women;
grandmothers, mothers, daughters,
the women
the thread of this

Alma Luz Villanueva, Planet with Mother, May I?