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From Heaven to Hell

Pixie Stix, the magic of childhood

By Barb DukemanPublished 2 months ago 1 min read
From Heaven to Hell
Photo by Joel Filipe on Unsplash

Smell and taste intertwined - the strongest senses,

memory recalled – can return at any time


Tastes from the past burst forth

good and bad,

chocolate to cough syrup.

Some taste buds, however, once died

from my having a brother.


Five years old I was,

a crisp NY Halloween in the air.

My favorite Pixie Stix nearly mine,

tubes of radiant fruit-flavored bliss.


The ritual trading of candy between my brother and me over,

I carefully opened all the pastel-striped straws of Pixie Stix

pouring them into a small white bowl.

that glorious bowl would last

the next few glorious autumn mornings


My brother - evil incarnate –

defiled my sugary aspirations.

Seven years older than I

and too old to go trick-or-treating.

I was his convenient dupe that day.


After playing outside

I headed back in the kitchen

and reached for the beautiful bowl.

my brother watched me from across the kitchen table -

a hideous scarecrow with black eyes,

and I downed the delicious dust


Suddenly, my eyes began to tear

my mouth was on fire,

I felt like throwing up.

I cried as my eyes swelled shut with pain,

my nose squinched up in a perpetual sneeze.

My brother’s laughter knocked him off the kitchen chair

… but ….

he was immediately dispatched to his room,

our mother discovering the sordid truth


Demon brother had eaten most of my beloved candy powder

and then

as any demon was wont to do,

replaced it with pure black pepper

replacing a layer of Pixie

to hide the fire-spice.


To this day, I believe he is still there in his dungeon,

withering away half a century later,

without remorse and laughing at my tears.

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About the Creator

Barb Dukeman

After 32 years of teaching high school English, I've started writing again and loving every minute of it. I enjoy bringing ideas to life and the concept of leaving behind a legacy.

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  • Shirley Belk2 months ago

    Dana's comment made me roll on the floor, laughing! But, seriously, is it too late for a good spanking?

  • Dana Crandell2 months ago

    Oh, now that's much more than wrong! I remember Pixie Stix very well - the originl cheap high. lol

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