Child Ward of the Commonwealth
Foster Care Definition
Baked macaroni and cheese
on a plate too high to reach
or cupcakes only seen on Mr. Rogers.
Or, it is an empty red, white and blue
where I keep the beads
earned as a Blue Bird
at meetings where I’ve never stayed
long enough to fly up to Fire Girl.
Or, it’s a trip to the zoo where
I learn the zebra knows its herd
because patterns dazzle
their family names across the green.
I want my name to dazzle too.
I begin to wish myself an elephant.
At St Boniface’s, St. Mary’s, St. Joseph’s,
St. Francis’, back to my third grade
report on pachyderms, how I pray:
make me an elephant, God.
Let my skin wrinkle over my hide,
not for the size, Not for the skin.
I want to be family. Let me in.