Oh, how I was relieved to reach that day! I was proud to have my beautiful two-year old daughter there, throwing rose pedals before me, the flower girl for her mom and her dad. As I walked down the aisle, elegant is the only word that can describe the way I looked and felt like a queen. I had planned to marry this man since I was fourteen years old. At nineteen, there I was, ready to face the world as a woman. His sweet kiss against my lips sealed the ceremony.
Clementine J. Jones came to Cleveland at age three on a train from Somerville TN with her mom and sister. She still remembers it well. She’s been writing poems about her experiences since she was 12 years old and wrote this “sketch” as part of a workshop at East End Neighborhood House, where she is being trained to be the Senior Support Specialist by the National Black Caucus SCSEP Program.
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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.