the curse of the broom

my mother said

Si te barro los pies no te vas a casar o encontrar amor, recuerda de levántarlos

If I broom your feet you won’t get married or find love, remember to lift them

just one of many superstitions my mother inherited from her mother

I’ve done almost everything right, followed the rules, read the book

But still am always left to sit with the dust

There was a time when a boy kissed me but would not hold my hand

there was a time when a boy told me I wasn’t enough the way I am

There was a time a boy left me for the girl he loved all along

and I can’t help but think about my mother

How all I had to do was lift my feet

-Annette

*broom sweeping over feet is a superstition my Mexican mother says all the time.

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