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.