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atomic lemon drops #3: weekend in jamaica

09/23/12 , , , ,

the next atomic lemon drops poem is based on a true story.  read it over a few times and send me your comments and questions.  i’ll collect everything including my responses in the poem’s background page (link below).  a big part of this series is discussing the poem and reading/writing poetry in general so share anything that comes to mind.

Weekend in Jamaica

Last night I attended my wake, up
at the old church by the train tracks.
She said I was so…
He remembered when…
Mom crept to where I lay, begging me to wake up,
for the sun has risen.  Aquafresh and little Zest,
we left for the church near Chance.
Medley of memories, precious
dimples shaded by her holy hats,
grape juice chilling Montego’s rays,
until the pastor cried Wake up!
and join the Easter parade.
A gang of clouds challenged the bereaved
to a grieving contest. With Haste drove six
‘round concrete name tags
splattered over blood-stained clay
to Zip Code 4326One by one,
the days, the moments fleeting,
‘Til I reach the blessed, promised land.
There we left St. Catherine,
to rest.
And when I woke up, I tucked in my weariness because
it’s Monday.

Background on Weekend in Jamaica

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© Carlton Williams Jr. and atolemdro, 2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this poem without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to  Carlton Williams Jr. and atolemdro with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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