Burning Leaves in Memory 5/30

I’ll never forget the smell of fresh burning leaves in the fall Smells like grandma Like Kiera, if you don’t get outside right now and rake those leaves I used to put lines in the dirt just to make it look clean It didn’t even matter that our laundry was hung in the front yard It WAS clean Taught me ain’t nothing wrong putting your laundry on display as long as you wash it first We all got it Just some of us are more willing to tell the truth than others Grandma smoked viceroys 100 in the gold pack Kept her hair and nails red and didn’t give a damn if you liked what she said or not She ain’t have time to waste teaching me to be soft when the world was going to come at me hard but she’d lay her life on the line if she thought I’d crack with the fall Grandma taught me how to fly Taught me how to survive playing rummy 500 and scrabble at the dining room table A life lesson in every triple word score Kieria, you got to be strategic Always check the “Book” to make sure your words are right The score don’t mean nothing if you cheated Just because you lose sometimes doesn’t mean the game wasn’t well played, it just wasn’t your turn I learned how to pray mimicking her praise Even when she shouted and fell out Grandma left the taste of nutmeg in my mouth because life can be bitter and you still come out sweet… like potato pie She’d knock your teeth into the back of your throat if you thought about smacking them and you better not roll your eyes Disrespect was never tolerated Taught me that for every wrong there was a right, the outcome relies on your decisions To allow the tribulations to roll off your finger tips like a ball leaving a bowlers grip She had the perfect curve for every situation cause’ she bowled every Monday with the Star league She was a libra so she taught me to balance scales Now I do so diligently Ain’t got no pictures of just her and I together cause we spent our time enjoying the present Those moments are eternally inscribed inside my mind Lost her last voicemail and never really got a chance to say goodbye though I was in the room the whole time Grandma was teaching me even as she died I’ve been learning all the while Just didn’t make sense at the time Just catching up now Just the smell of them leaves got me smiling now

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