• Shelly Grace

Middle Name

My middle name is Grace

Not because my parents go to church

But because they believe me gift


Believe the woman who birthed me giver

Believe every one of my breaths miracle

My momma once said I had fireflies trapped in my eyes

The way they sparkle somedays


She has always told me that I am so special

That every day she finds new reasons to love me


Although not blood

People say I look like her

And honestly there is nothing wrong with looking like love in motion


My mother would take a bullet for me

But most days she hides the guns before they find them

Turns the gunpowder into fireworks

And points to the sky and says this is what my heart did the first day I saw you


This is bad turned good

This is abandonment turned adoption

This is stranger turned mother

This is lost then found

This is Grace


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