She had the most beautiful red hair,

she helped me read labels in

Walmart, looking for a detergent

without perfume, without dye.

Other people stopped and helped,

my Spanish isn’t very good

(horrible, really).

I am lost in this country, but

everyone is so nice.

I smile at people, sometimes it’s

all I have.

I find things out one by one

and cling to what American products I can find.

Last week I bought oreo cookies

which I never really liked before.

by Cher Bibler