[Please explain]

Aline Mello

Mother Citizen

She has flowers on her dress

and a blue blazer.

Her hand is cold


but she raises it like a flag.

Makes the promises.


I don’t know when I should stop

taking pictures, how many shots

of your mother leaving

does a daughter need?


Her hand lowers and she

smiles at what she’s begun.

Aline Mello is an editor and writer of poetry and prose. She’s from Brazil and lives in Atlanta. She is an Undocupoets fellow and her work has been published or is upcoming in The New Republic, Atlanta Review, Grist, and elsewhere. Her handle for all things social is @thealinemello.