Saturday, January 18, 2014

Negril ~~ 1980

she followed me for days
my little shadow 
entranced by an American woman
with sun streaked hair 
creamy white skin
she mimicked my Midwest accent
struggled with it
(quite hilariously)
while I
entranced with the lyricism 
in her voice
aimed for laid back and cool 
(a Bob Marley 'no worries Mon' vibe)
her parting gift
a beautiful set of cornrows 
I do not remember her name
though she followed me for days 


  1. thats cool...i bet she was curious as you were...
    i def connect with kids when i am on trips...usually they are wanting my mohawk
    and their parents are scowling...ha....

  2. Now if only we could get her to put a corn row in Brian's mohawk! lol....

  3. Strange, the relationships we develop. And their outcomes.

    Blessings and Bear hugs.

  4. This is marvelous, Helen! That you have such an amazing picture to go with it is icing on the cake....what a treasure. I absolutely love
    "while I, entranced with the lyricism in her voice
    went for laid back and cool ..
    a 'no worries, Mon' vibe"

  5. This gives a strong feeling of what we give and take when traveling, and the temporary but also lasting impressions of a trip. Thanks. K. Manicddaily

  6. I am glad for you, Helen, and for the rest of us, that you have her picture to see and show. It reminded me of a few pictures I have from my birthday parties (two years) the kids in a Guatamola orphanage gave me. I could have used that for my post. The kids were sooo proud.

  7. Dearest Helen,
    This is poetry by picture and by word... long lasting impressions.
    Funny as I just managed scanning all our old slides (before digital photos...) to make them digital, I came across lots of fond memories from other cultures. Yes, they are forever embedded into our hearts.

  8. What a beautiful child and precious memory...

  9. the tug of each braid imbued your scalp with muscle memory, as it were - and her fingers, too, would be my guess ~

  10. cool is it to have a shadow like that. Amazing story and once again, in Jamaica. A popular destination in this prompt. This one made me smile, it is so amazing to meet and interact with people from other parts of the world than your own, especially when they take this kind of shine to you. Outstanding writing, thanks for taking on the prompt!!!