The Lady I See on Bus 6


She has a little afro going on. 
Very tall and skinny like. 
Talks to herself. 
Asks for a dollar or two. 
Friendly, smells of meth. 

She walks up and down M.L.K Blvd. from early mornings to late evenings. 
She’s on an endless journey. 
Is she looking for meth?
Is she looking for money?

One late night the bus stops on Killingsworth and M.L.K. Blvd. “Do you remember my mom’s name?” she asks this stranger over and over and over again. The stranger seemed confused and replied, “My mom?” She then says, “No, my mom. Do you remember her name?” The stranger replied, saying, “No, I’ve never met her.” She leaves the conversation at that and turns around in her seat. Few moments later she turns back around and asks him for a few dollars. 

The next time I do see her, I will ask her what her name is. 

Alexandra Rodrigo was born in Arizona and raised in Portland, Oregon. She is 16 years old and attends Rosemary Anderson High School in North Portland. Being an emotional person is what inspires her writing.

Alexandra Rodrigo