Going through some old boxes a few weeks ago, I came across a notebook filled with poems and starts of short stories I wrote years before publishing SBF Seeking.
Since I hate to let anything go to waste-I decided to spend the summer posting pieces from that collection to give you a taste of my work beyond SBF Seeking and K-Rho. I hope you enjoy.
This piece called Art Appreciation was inspired by an incident which happened during my freshman year at East Carolina University. I often think back to how my life would have been different if I had been quicker on the conversational draw but alas, you live and learn.
“Then she says to me, ‘you know, you look different with your clothes on,” Lyn told her disinterested cousin. “I mean, who says that to someone the first time you have a conversation?”
Reluctantly pausing from reading her textbook Alisha answered, “Only you would run into someone from a figure drawing class you posed for last year buck ass naked and be surprised they recognize your face.”
“Honestly, I figured most of the students just focused on whatever they were assigned to sketch that day. Once the class ended, so did their memory of the model,” the UNC Wilmington junior said reclining her ample curves majestically on her freshman cousin’s bed.
“Lyn, you said the purpose of the class was for the artists to learn how to capture the sum of a person. In order to do that they have to focus on each part face, shoulders, or arms. So, it would make sense for someone in the class to remember your features for more than just the time in the class.” Alisha said turning her body from her desk to face her guest. “Now, I know you came over to be friendly, but I really need to study for this exam. So, if you don’t mind, please exit stage left and I will call you when I’m done.”
Agreeing to connect that evening for dinner, Lyn left her cousin’s room and headed back into the thick of campus life. Taking the elevator to ground floor of the dorm, she reflected on how her day started.