Teen Writing Prompt 309

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Jerk Chicken with Rice and Kidney Beans - Babb...

Jerk Chicken with Rice and Kidney Beans – Babble On Babylon (Photo credit: avlxyz)

Write a narrative poem about one of your favorite vacations.

Homeward Bound

It was a family gathering in the country of my birth.

My father, mother and sisters, and a family friend  journeyed to the sun-soaked isle

where English is spoken with an extra flair.

Where dark-skinned countrymen with their bright smiles greeted us.

The blue sea, blue like the snowcone so deep it didn’t seem real.

We journeyed around the island and first stopped off to get fried fish and bammy as the cooks tried to make a sale to hungry travelers.

We traveled where the roads twisted and turned up the mountain pass.

Next stop was pepper shrimp seasoned to perfection; hot and spicy.

The eating never seemed to stop.

Jerk chicken, fish, and pork on the east coast served with festival was a feast for my taste buds.

The conversation focused on past times and family history.

We saw parts of the island I had never visited before.

We traveled to  places where skin turned red, golden brown, caramel, and deep like molasses, all very sweet.

We heard stories of young lovers taking a leap to secure their own fate instead of having it belong to another.

These memories I hold in my heart and mind know that one day that they will also one day become part of my family’s

history.

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