The Green Uno

A Poem

By Shameelah Khan

We escaped in the afternoon,

In your ever-green Uno

Bags stacked to the boot-brim

You snuck me out of school

I didn’t know

That you would take me

On a special trip

Tripping over the joys

Of my tiny feet

In brown-polished school shoes

The Tuffy kind,

‘Coke’ in your cup

And boerewors rolls along the way

Dad couldn’t reach us

And you didn’t mind

As long as the wind brushed through our hair

Singing to Mariah Carey

It became scary

When you were too joyous

And then

Upset

At the little things