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Posted: April 6th. 2006 1:13:50 PM

Views: 1280

Schirmer Street

by Rook

Age Group: Adult

Three streets from the main road,
a long length of my life
that I descend
to a convenience store
beneath a harsh sun.

It is summer va-cay
and my mom has futilely decided to attend
a two-year medical school,
gone each day;
I walk, $1.23 in hand,
fished from my living room floor.

Broken brick buildings and bony, frothing dogs
in dusty yards to each side of the street I tread;
I get closer to the busy main road,
one red light and a row of cars
barring my way from food.

I try not to think
that if I'm caught by my neighbors,
raw, lanky kids,
I'll be bruised as they are;
I keep on, unmolested by vultures,
12-year-old frame
shaking, finally reaching the store.

Ah! Cool air, and I am thankful;
I rest.
I buy
two granola bars, one for my brother.

I exit,
carefully watching the pavement I've covered, speeding, receding beneath my burning, sweaty feet as I greedily tear open one wrapper, the granola disappearing into my dry mouth.

The unrelenting sun still beats its fists
on my scalp as I return
to the brown, roach-ridden
house, a ramshakle picture of its former self,
to give my brother his half of the food,
food we never own.

Author's Notes: Memory from when I was twelve. That house - that neighborhood - sucked. This just talks about one day of many showing why I hated living in St. Louis.

Author's Location: Columbia, Missouri
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