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TWO GRAPE NOW AND LATERS


TWO GRAPE NOW and LATERS

The hot comb sizzled as it grazed my ear at 10:00 A.M.

My mother slid it thru my greasy head of thick curly waves

I shrieked and yelled, and to this day my once thick mane is now thin

I greased my face, walking into the garage to get into my mothers 87” Honda Accord

My black polished church shoes clicked

My white thick tights and NOW straight hair slicked

My two left over grape Now and Laters from Petes Candy Store – my prize

I looked forward to chewing them secretly

My grandmother would have hissed and embarrassed me immediately

for such an offense in the holy church

After hours of sitting, standing, shouting, screaming, and running for our lives

I sit exhausted and confused – I was starving as it was now 3 p.m.

I reach my little six your old hand deep inside my white paten leather pocketbook

Searching frantically, I feel for my prizes

Two now soft grape NOW AND LATERS – I close my eyes and chew slowly

Praying my grandmother didn't catch me

Keep your EYE on THE PRIZE – NOT THE SHOW

Matthew 11:30King James Version (KJV)

30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.



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