“My mama always said”, the orphan got

“My mama always said”, the orphan got
in the habit of saying–
Ignore the loss, she had decided, now
that everybody’s grown up.
All the mamas are elsewhere and just words
in the mouth, so she gave her
self one, invented one just the way she
wanted, an expedient
mother who says, or used to say, things co-
gent to the moment, and the
orphan sailed along with the best mom of
all, living in Florida,
trips to Europe, excellent taste, and the
orphan expanded under
the aegis of such a mother and
became a heartfelt success.
Started a line of shops, coast to coast, called
Mother’s Best.