better tomorrow

she kissed the forehead
of her baby boy
whispered i love you 
in his ear
made him a promise 
of a better tomorrow
and placed him back in the bassinet -
kept on the step of the church.

she rang the bell
and stood in the dark
watched as a nun picked up her baby boy
and kissed his forehead
the nun walked inside
and she walked away -
her breast leaking milk, 
and tears spilling out of her eyes. 

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