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The Wrong Side of the Tracks
Roberta Selesky

The Wrong Side of the Tracks

Fiction & Poetry

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Synopsis

This is a story of the many joys and perils of being a runaway in the 1970s and 80s.

It follows the path of one young girl, her interactions with other runaway children and discusses why it is the children of the street run or are thrown away.

 

Though this is fictional tale, I have drawn upon real-life stories, recounted by survivors, to shape it. This narrative assumes a first-person perspective and contains content that may be disturbing. 

 

But this message is too important to ignore and I will not let it remain hidden in the shadows. Let’s get this conversation going and work together to affect positive social change. This is my tale. 

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Extract

Sipping my morning brew on the porch of the home I’ve lived in for 27 yearsI can’t help but acknowledge the memories creeping in over my peaceful present reality. The path that has brought me to the beautiful world I have created has been gnarled and twisted, wrought with dark memories I deny. I make up stories when asked about many parts of my life because the truth is simply too difficult to bear. I buried my memories of those unsavory years so deep as to have no memories at all. But still, in unguarded moments, they emerge like thieves in the night to steal the peace I so desperately cling to. Many times I am able to fight back and banish them to what my children call my dark place. 


Today will not be one of those days. Today I will stroll back into my kitchen, dump the cooling remainder of my coffee down the drain, and refill the cup with the vodka I have chilling in the freezer 24/7. I will need fortification to face the demons head on. Walk with me if you will and join me on the wrong side of the tracks.


 


 

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