Sweet Dominion


Chris Haley has written two award-winning scripts, “The Studio,” which focused on the plight of the homeless, and “The Reconciliation Walk for Slavery and Penitence,” which helped win the Maryland Tourism Council Global Marketing Award for the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation. He is the author of two books of poetry—“Obsessions” and the recently released “Until the Right One Comes Along”—as well as a radio play (“The Courtship of Jo and Eddie”), and numerous letters, speeches, and poems that have appeared in a variety of publications. He has also written, produced, and directed two short films that appeared in 2005 at the Greenbelt Utopia Film and Video Festival and the Annapolis Film Festival. A chapbook of short fiction pieces, “But That’s Not Me,” will be published later this year.

Sweet Dominion
I got it.
I remembered it.
Finally, it was clear
As I left my second floor
Therapist’s office
Over the first floor
Organic food café in
Old Town Alexandria.
Trailing down the steps with me
Floated the scent of summer,
Mixed with the musk of
Seasoned broiled chicken.
The scent stirred my nostrils
And opened the pocket of memories
Where my grandmother’s home
In Georgia was kept.
The hot August days,
The dusty, well-trod path that my brother and I created,
Strolling carefree from her neighbor’s back door,
Where her mother, our great grandmother lived,
A trail over which my brother and I had sweet dominion.
Oh, to taste, to smell, to sense that time again,
Once more I was a child at play.