Synaesthesia Magazine Cities - Page 70

I grew up blanketed by beads,

swallowed by flaking chains

of plastic jewelry that rained

off street parade floats.

That year Chris got ashes in his eye

and Mama couldn’t get out of the crowd quick enough.

Daddy‘s shoulders like a pedestal

I’d never be able to stand on any other time;

fingers spread to ring them, drape them

like medals around my neck.

I grew up green granny smith appled,

an acre behind and in front

that Daddy taught me to drive on the John Deere.

We rung-round the fat bottom branches,

heads avoiding headaches.

The rails lay two large leaps from the chain link,

beyond the sticky Pines;

lay pennies out—kinked keepsakes,

next to a week-old possum ribcage.

I grew up black-footed; trampoline tinged toes—

Blackfoot Indian, like Paw, except self-made.

Summer screened porch nights and tales

of the Jabberwocky slide me under the sheets,

too scared to sleep,

and the Cicada’s screaming lullabies.

I grew up saving crawfish

from Styrofoam cases, running

them to a dry ditch, thinking they were free.

I remember the spices and screams

of those that didn’t make it.

Sneaking thirds of the King Cake sure I’d find the baby first.

Johnny-Lynn soaking me in OFF!

Nona painting me into a fairy.

The powdered beignets so light and sweet in my hands.