MAPPING THE CITY: DC Places, Part
THE CORNER STORE
6th & K Streets SW, 1944-1955
I got a nickel.
I got a dime.
Gonna beat yo' ass to the store this time.
Be buying licorice sticks, two for a dime.
Give me two licorice sticks,
One peppermint and that
Big dill pickle, over there.
Let me owe you five.
I'll catch you next week when the eagle flies.
Hummmm uh! Looking good!
Here comes that rich boy from across the street.
I beat yo' ass to the store this time!
Got me two licorice sticks, a pickle, and some
Peppermint. I ain't giving up a thing!
I found me a nickel and a dime.
Old man Pete, let me owe him five.
I beat your ass to the store this time.
Fareedah Allah (Ruby Saunders) was born
in Alexandria, VA. She attended public schools in Washington, DC from
kindergarten to 8th grade, graduating from Parker-Gray High School in
Alexandria. Allah earned a BS in Chemistry and Mathematics from Hampton
University and a M.Ed. from Howard University. She is a member of Alpha
Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority. She retired from the DC Public School system,
where she taught math for many years. Allah has been published in twelve
anthologies, including We Speak as Liberators, Black Love
Poems, Say That River Turns, and Cabin Fever: Poets
at Joaquin Miller's Cabin, 1984-2001.
in Volume 11, Number 4, Fall 2010.