Caught at a Sobriety Check Point by Candace Meredith

We, teenagers,

counted their faces

like they were shadows

stained on air.


And we watched

as one scribed the lessons:

like smothering ash.


And heard, on

occasion, the scratching

of his pencil on tablet –

as if his notepad-paper

flicked its own pages


and when his words

fell from the margins

our humiliation became

a moment, caught

with permanent pencil –


unable to erase time.


My friend had said:

Keep driving, just drive


but he called our mothers,

who had to leave the bar

with our fathers who were

too drunk to drive.


© Candace Meredith


Excerpt from the book Contemplation

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Candace Meredith About the Author

Candace Meredith earned her Bachelor of Science degree in English Creative Writing from Frostburg State University in the spring of 2008. Her works of poetry, photography and fiction have appeared in literary journals Bittersweet, Backbone Mountain Review, Anthology 17, Greensilk Journal and The Broadkill Review.  She currently works as a Freelance Editor for an online publishing company and has earned her Master of Science degree in Integrated Marketing and Communications (IMC) from West Virginia University. Her first effort in writing a collaborative children’s book is a progress in the making and Candace anticipates seeing completion of the book in 2017.

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