Rebecca – by PREWITT SCOTT-JACKSON

Rebecca

 

I ditched wallball for

hand-holding in the mesquite grove

 


Saved for pegs and

converted my bike into a two-seater

 


In the face of my pagan upbringing

I learned Bible verses for her

 


Even the Jesus bracelets she adorned failed

to deter my love

 


Rebecca

 


She sang in the church choir,

the school choir, any choir that would have her

 


The choir boys worshiped at her alter,

as did I

 


And me?

I was no choir boy

 


We ’90s children of divorce were engineered to rage:

 


Fights after school behind Albertsons,

tweenage bloodied loading docks

 


Shoplifting compact discs from Circuit City,

cheating every arcade at Tilt

 


I never met a fire alarm I didn’t pull

I never met a wall I didn’t spray paint

I never met a bottle of MD 20/20 I didn’t take a swig from


Somehow she found me

Somehow she liked me

Somehow


 

I


 

loved

 


her.

 


Rebecca


***

PSJ Bio Pic

Prewitt Scott-Jackson’s work is a mutation of sorts, a tripartition of poetry, prose and flash fiction. The University of California Santa Barbara alum grew up on Southern storytelling prior to achieving degrees in Native American Studies and Religious Studies.

*Featured artwork courtesy of the brilliant Toby Penney; to learn more about her, check out our interview here: https://sicklitmagazine.com/2015/12/04/art-with-toby-penney/ *

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Cristina-Iuliana Burlacu says:

    Absolutely beautiful. So simple, yet so complex, straightforward and powerful. Great choice of the name for the girl, nice Bible reference and suitable meaning (unless you didn’t pick the first-person viewpoint solely for the sake of the art and Rebecca really existed, and in that case it’s one heck of a coincidence). Great job. Loved it.

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