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Cheychey Hemingway

United States

I'm a 14-year-old starting high school. I've always loved reading and I started writing a couple years ago when I felt I read everything that caught my eye.

Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson

April 20, 2015

PROMPT: Borrowing Voice




Some days, like today

and yesterday and probably

tomorrow-all my missing gets jumbled up inside of me.


You know honeysuckle talc powder?

Mama used to smell like that. She told me

honeysuckle’s really a flower but all I know

is the powder that smells like Mama.

Sometimes when I miss her real bad

I go to the store and ask if they have it.

They say

Yes we do have it.

so I ask

Can I smell it to see if it smells the same?

They let me smell it after rolling their eyes and shaking their head.

Those are the times when I feel

that Mama is alive again.

Those are the times that I remember

when she used to laugh at my bad jokes

and when she hugged me so tightly

I felt like I couldn’t breathe,

right before I got away.

Since Locomotion is literally a book of poems, I used the first seven lines. 


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