Fall 2004 • Vol. XXVI No. 4 Patricia Grodd Poetry PrizeOctober 1, 2004 |

Spilled Rice

Third-Place Winner2004 Kenyon Review Poetry Prize for Young Writers Snow fell yesterday like the bag of white rice I spilled on Grandma's blue carpet and she told me can't-you-ever-be-careful her voice was like gnarled bark and she knelt to pick up rice grain by grain—with the snow I remembered her loose skin hanging from pruny, sun-spotted arms as she scooped spilled rice into a dustpan. Rain pounded yesterday and sluiced down the windows like glossy veins with the rain I remembered when Grandma started crying sitting amidst the scattered rice where the hell is Grandpa's old vacuum cleaner? she asked too loudly, while I swallowed the air in my throat and bent down to help her but she waved me away her knobby fingers fluttering then turned her back to me as though I hadn't already seen the tears bunched in the corners of her gray eyes and snaking down through the crevices lining her sunken cheeks. Wind screamed yesterday as though it wanted something that we had taken with the

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Laura Bennett is currently a junior at the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She recently won a national gold award in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for her short story entitled "Constellations," and is the recipient of two first prizes in poetry from the Delaware Valley College high school writing competition. Her other greatest passions include reading and theater.

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