My Mom knew what she wanted
and when she wanted it.
She always stood up for what she thought was right.
She yelled at store managers,
walked out of restaurants
and fought with her relatives.
If they made her mad they never heard from her again.
She could carry a grudge forever.
But if she loved you she would let you know it.
We moved around a lot.
At every house we had a garden.
She grew all kinds of vegetables
and flowers and she always had a compost pile.
She started out with nothing and ended up
with a garden of Eden.
My Mom fought with me and I fought back.
I thought I would grow up and walk out
and fight with everyone
and I was afraid.
But I grew up, made a garden,
stood up for what I thought was right
and lived happily ever after.