The car is running; the air is breezy; the car is getting foggy. His dark skin shines and his eyes are bright. I’ve never blushed before. I hold his shoulder as he grabs the side of my face. Our foreheads touch and my face is hot as I close my eyes and feel his lips. Oh no, I’m not enjoying this. I open my eyes and see his eyes. They’re shut, determined, he likes this. His tongue. It’s in my mouth. I feel it moving, looking for my affection. It finds it. I cannot move. How do I breathe? My hand on his shoulder won’t release its tight grip. How long will this last? I close my eyes again. He moves his mouth. I breathe aloud. I finally can move. He smiles at me. “Did you enjoy it?” he asks. Then we do it again.
Hailey Barnett lives in Cleveland and is a student at Villa Angela and St. Joseph High School. She ventured into the Who We Are, Where We Live writing workshop at Rice Library and says she loved being part of it and connecting with so many poetic and passionate neighbors.
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About the program
Who We Are, Where We Live is a free community writing program giving voice to people who live and work in the Buckeye/Shaker community. Participants write stories, learn about their neighborhood, and share with their neighbors. Annually, selected writings are published here in an online anthology and presented at a final reading and celebration.