We have been working with the writing group Project: Write Now for creative writing. They have given us different prompts and ideas to help us write. Here is a sample of one of our writing pieces!
Daddy’s Hedges and Mommy’s Kitchen Door
by Sherone Rogers
I am from the smell of Noxema
and the orange of Mercurochrome that surfaced
when we got a splinter.
I am from outside the bottom half of a Dutch door.
“Bathroom or water?”
“I just want to come in.”
“Not until dinner.”
I am from the small hedges that stood like sentinels
and protected us
from the ghetto.
I’m from a crystal bell summoning us to supper.
On Armory Street.
I’m from Randy-Sandy-Candy and Miss Maggie.
Miss Leola, too.
I’m from the bullies and the you’re-fats and the you’re-too-smarts
From the smell of new vinyl records
and “What a Friend We have in Jesus.”
Sadly, I’m from chitterlings. Once was enough for me.
I am from ice milk at Great-Grandma Harriet’s.
From ice milk and cat hair.
I am from an uncle who died at two,
hit by a Mack truck.
My mother was watching him.
I am from that.
Stuffed under sinking stacks
and bowed shelves
are boxes and albums of old pictures.
Haughty Island people
Whose eyes are mine.
This is your life. The people, the places.
Some make me smile. Some don’t.
That’s where I’m from.
Blog posts are written by Shore House members and staff.