Iowa Writes

SABRA
Two Poems


I Remember

I remember Snowdell Lake and Potato boats and walking out to the Island because the water was shallow.

I remember Roosevelt Elementary and the playground and having to come home when the porch light came on

I remember my first cigarette and it was a Sundance. I was hiding downstairs and grandmas and I wanted to look cool and smoke and drink all at once. I choked.

I remember moving from Cherokee Heights to Pryor behind Lincoln Elementary on 1st street.

I remember Kindergarten, I got spanked with a board, Paddled

I remember first grade, I failed. I had to repeat. I was going to Lincoln Elementary. I couldn't say the name Roy...it came out a Rahry, who flunks in the first grade... well I do

I remember Claremore, Mom taught at Rodgers State College. My friend tried suicide I got expelled for bringing pills to school. I got committed to Tulsa Regional Medical Center. I was on the acute psychiatric ward. I was an in-patient.

I remember love its tears and laughter

I remember Rock Island my first real true love was murdered

I remember "Off-Limits" as a place, a club I went to on Friday nights with a few friends, cover charge was ten dollars and it closed at midnight. We always went to Village Inn, I miss you all

I remember having blonde hair, Mom hated it... I was ok with it

I Remember

I remember Snowdell Lake and Potato boats and walking out to the Island because the water was shallow.

I remember Roosevelt Elementary and the playground and having to come home when the porch light came on

I remember my first cigarette and it was a Sundance. I was hiding downstairs and grandmas and I wanted to look cool and smoke and drink all at once. I choked.

I remember moving from Cherokee Heights to Pryor behind Lincoln Elementary on 1st street.

I remember Kindergarten, I got spanked with a board, Paddled

I remember first grade, I failed. I had to repeat. I was going to Lincoln Elementary. I couldn't say the name Roy...it came out a Rahry, who flunks in the first grade... well I do

I remember Claremore, Mom taught at Rodgers State College. My friend tried suicide I got expelled for bringing pills to school. I got committed to Tulsa Regional Medical Center. I was on the acute psychiatric ward. I was an in-patient.

I remember love its tears and laughter

I remember Rock Island my first real true love was murdered

I remember "Off-Limits" as a place, a club I went to on Friday nights with a few friends, cover charge was ten dollars and it closed at midnight. We always went to Village Inn, I miss you all

I remember having blonde hair, Mom hated it... I was ok with it



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10 Things I miss

Things I love and miss
Taking photographs
Lipgloss
Strawberry Fanta
My friends
Mascara
Scrapbooking
Rascal Flats
Being in the sunshine
The taste of Jack Daniels over ice
Aquafresh toothpaste
Rhubarb fresh from the garden
Rootbeer
My family

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SABRA

Sabra was a prisoner at the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women when she wrote this piece, which was read during a public performance in Shambaugh Auditorium by the Women in Exile Project.

The Women in Exile Project is a collaboration between the women at the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women, volunteers from the Women's Resource and Action Center, the Women's Archive at the University of Iowa Libraries and the Art Education Department at the University of Iowa. The project has worked with a select group of women at ICIW to publish a series of memoirs and images. The memoirs will become a part of the Women's Archive and the images part of a permanent collection located at the Women's Resource and Action Center.

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