Mike wears white clothes
when he paints. He painted everything
in our house and now he’ll paint next door.
Mike’s mother came from Poland and she
had nothing. Married an Italian man
although he did not speak Polish and she
could not speak English but Mike said they
were probably happier not speaking. She took
the bus to clean houses and many days
she brought home stray dogs. Never cats.
Mike said when she died there were 24
dogs in her house. He has one dog now.