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mommy’s cheeks were
glossy. her eyes were like
marbles. lately they seemed as if
they were threatening to
roll out her head. the sky was
lilac. the ground was wet with
the way she was crying. maybe
she was angry. veins
sculpted her neck. daddy said
we were going on a joyride. he even
promised ice cream but I didn’t understand why I
needed my book bag or why I couldn’t
sit in the front seat. daddy made me sit in
the back with a hat on. he was driving fast but
don’t worry, daddy never had an accident. the seatbelt
hurt. but not as hard as mommy squeezing my
hand. mommy was angry, so was daddy. The pretty
red and blue flashing
lights made him scary. that’s why we
didn’t live together
, they said. but no matter
what they still loved me. even as mommy met
someone else daddy didn’t like and daddy never
paid his child support to see me. now I was
mad. we never got
ice cream

— Tori Williams

Tori Williams is the 2017 recipient of the The Critical Point Award in Creative Writing for 2017 from Carlow University. She was also named an honorable mention for the Ellie Wymard Award in Creative Nonfiction in 2016. Her work has also appeared in The Critical Point, Carlow University’s undergraduate literary and arts journal. She lives in Fairywood. Many writers featured in Chapter & Verse are guests of Prosody, produced by Jan Beatty. Prosody airs every Saturday morning on WESA 90.5 FM.



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