Books, beans and atole my friends bring,
sushi, tea and eggs.
Chicken soup, seashell pasta and trinkets that shine.
Inspirational coins stamped “Love, Stay Strong and Heal.”
Slippers, booties, jammies and hats.
PSI bands I adorn on my wrist; no nausea I hope to make me twist.
Piñata of bright colors with flowers galore.
Prayer cards, cards and letters of love.
Saint Perigrine, “Pray for Me”
Blessed Mother of God, “Protect Me.”
Money for gas to meet my new friend,
picnics with Chema I say.
She’s clear, fluid and nasty…
keeps me in the trenches of prayer.
And even a rooster who thinks he’s a dog and dog who thinks he’s a rooster…
but friends they are.
How does one pay for positive thoughts, love and encouragement?
Know that you fill my heart and in time of need, I’ll be the friend who brings
Books, beans and atole.
By Virginia Rodriguez 5/2017