Literary, Outside The Box

You Have To Read Saeed Jones’ The Summer I Tried To Save Memphis

This essay by Saeed Jones, Literary Editor for Buzzfeed, is one that I revisit from time to time and always share whenever I go back.

Written in 2013, Saeed talks about the church, his family and his feelings as a growing gay teen.

The essay is heartbreaking because Saeed realizes that his grandmother’s religion takes precedence over her love for her daughter and grandson.

Saeed starts with this powerful line:

Ghosts are just memories we avoid looking in the eye.

Read the rest of this beautiful essay here and share it whenever you can.

Follow Saeed on twitter at @theferocity . He’s quite awesome on there.

He also has a book of poems titled Prelude to Bruise.

Photo Credit: PBS