Far away from the open market in
the piazza of her home town,
my mother asks for the total cost
of her purchases at the check-out
counter in the A&P.
Three dollars and forty-three cents,
replies the young cashier slowly rounding
Momentarily longing for her other home,
my mother snaps open her little
fabric change purse, looks up and says,
I'm not deaf, I just speak broken English.
-- Gerry Rosella Boccella
Gerry Rosella Boccella lives in Highland Park. She is a poet, educator, designer and arts advocate. Many writers featured in Chapter & Verse are guests of Prosody, produced by Jan Beatty and Ellen Wadey. Prosody airs every Tuesday at 7 p.m. on independent radio, WYEP 91.3 FM.