Muslim Writers

The Last Time I Cursed at Mom

By: Leah Vernon

Word Count: 1057

Synopsis: The Last Time I Cursed at Mom is a short nonfiction piece about the first time I swore at my mother during a very difficult time in our relationship.     

The Last Time I Cursed at Mom  

 

She sat on the edge of her bed, appearing calm yet challenged by her teenage daughter. I knew that she knew exactly what the deal was. Mom was tall with long legs and wide hips, the kind of woman that can rock a dress and take your man yet get underneath a car and fix the engine. She was loyal yet sneaky and would attack physically if threatened. And I wasn’t trying to get into a fight that night so I kept it cool despite my prior plan to rip her ass.

“Mom, my phone is off.” I tested the waters. See what she was going to say first.  

“Oh,” she said nonchalantly, flipping her thick hair over her shoulder. “I turned that off.”

 

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Hard Candy

Title: Hard Candy

By: Leah Vernon

Word Count: 584

Synopsis: This is a short, short nonfiction essay on my deadbeat daddy saving my life when I was a child.

 

 

Hard Candy

The front door was open, and somehow I ended up on the porch. I remember it being one of those cool summer nights in Michigan. I sat down on the first step and unwrapped the transparent wrapper hungrily and into my mouth the candy went. The sugary layers melted onto my tongue as I savored the sweetness.

Minutes passed and I found myself not being able to breathe—in or out. The piece of candy had somehow lodged itself in my throat. My eyes bulged. I grabbed my neck with both tiny hands in panic. I stood up still facing the streetlights, trying to heave the object outwards. But it just wouldn’t budge...   

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