Sarah Awad    © 2016 All Rights Reserved

We never said she was a maid


We never said she was a maid. We
said she cleaned houses. It was
more direct that way and we
had no pretenses about the work. We
kissed her good night, her hair dark
as a January morning and we
never wondered what life would hold. We
decided early on that life would be
different for us but never
imagined how. We
are so much better off now. We
hired just today we hired someone to help
around the house and we hired someone
to help around the house and we
hired someone to help around the house just

today, and on other days going forward. She
borrows your sisterís name
and she uses old t-shirts,
too, instead of rags.

We still think of clean houses
when going to sleep
or waking up or saying things
directly. Always directly.

 


Hugo dos Santos
Copyright © 2016  

Hugo dos Santos is a Luso-American writer and translator. His work has appeared in various publications in the US and Europe including upstreet, theEEEL by tNY.Press, Queen Mobís Tea House, Hinchas de Poesia, and elsewhere. He is the author of ironbound- a blog. More at hugodossantos.com.


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