This is an excerpt from my book, Diary of a Preacher's Daughter. I will post these once in a while when I can't think of anything to write!
A man from the Maricopa Meat Packing Plant
where Daddy was going to work
as a night watchman
picked us up at the train station
and took us to our new home.
Living, kitchen, two small bedrooms
all painted gray.
Wide plank boards for floors
Not a curtain or a rug
so our voices echoed in the empty grayness.
Lizards roamed the walls
which felt slimy to the touch.
Ants and spiders nested.
Roaches roamed the kitchen.
It was a horrible house.
Daddy ran out to the store
and got bug spray
and poured it into the sprayer
and opened all the windows
and went around shoving the handle in and out, in and out
spraying the walls and floors and the ceiling.
Mom just stood there
and saying 'Oh my goodness' over and over.
Wes followed Daddy around
watching him spray
'How long are we going to stay here, Daddy?'
And Daddy said, 'Two years.'
That was bad news.
Finally Mom got going.
She found a bucket and some dried up soap under the sink
and tore up some old undershirts
and we got down to the business
We cleaned the cots we would sleep on
and the closet where we would hang our clothes
and the kitchen
which had grease stains and water stains and where all the drawers
were home to roaches
that ran all over the wooden counter.
Mom and I were scared to death of them.
I was sick at heart and in my stomach
all day long.
That night we had crackers and peanut butter for supper
and Mom said we could sleep in our underwear
because she was too dizzy to unpack.
For devotions, Daddy gently took the Bible out of Mom's trembling
away from her teary eyes
and he read to us
'I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.'
© 2012 Just Lynne - 2/4/12