On the day of the abortion
she woke early, before the sun.
Showered, painted her toenails purple
shaved her legs and put on her best friend's clothes.
She went to an elegantly decorated room
with impressionist paintings on the wall
and soft music playing.
Her friend joked and said it looked like a day spa, then left to run errands.
Minutes later, she was taken into a private office
and counseled by a lovely looking Latin woman
who spoke of family and plans of staying up late on Christmas Eve
to make tamales
The doctor showed her the "structure" and gently explained that
because it was "so small" they would "plate it out"
She envisioned her tiny child lying dead on a metal tray.
But she nodded all the same
and said all the right things:
"Not the right time."
"Best choice for me."
Then they soothingly sent her off to sleep
When she woke
her first thought was
I'm cramping, I must
have gotten my period!
Then she remembered
the structure had been
A nurse assured her that they "got it all".