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Born May 18, 1953; got saved at Truett Memorial BC in Hayesville, NC 1959. On rigged ballot which I did not rig got Most Intellectual class of 71, Gaffney High School. Furman Grad, Sociology major but it was little tougher than Auburn football players had Had three dates with beautiful women the summer of 1978. Did not marry any of em. Never married anybody cause what was available was undesirable and what was desirable was unaffordable. Unlucky in love as they say and even still it is sometimes heartbreaking. Had a Pakistani Jr. Davis Cupper on the Ropes the summer of 84, City Courts, Rome Georgia I've a baby sitter, watched peoples homes while they were away on Vacation. Freelance writer, local consultant, screenwriter, and the best damn substitute teacher of Floyd County Georgia in mid 80's according to an anonymous kid passed me on main street a few years later when I went back to get a sandwich at Schroeders. Had some good moments in Collinsville as well. Ask Casey Mattox at www.clsnet.org if he will be honest about it. I try my best to make it to Bridges BBQ in Shelby NC at least four times a year.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Magnificent Poem; a Supernal One

In the mid 30's of the 20th Century Kate McAlpin Grady took down the words of a grand old black patriarch on the Mississippi Delta and here is what she got.




What you gwine-do when
de riber overflow?
Set on my gallery, and watch her go.

How you qwine-a ack wid de water
in your room?
Sweep it out wid a sedge-straw broom.

What you gwine-a do when your
hawgs all drown?
Gwine-a wish I lived on higher ground.

What you gwine-a do when de
cow floats away?
Throw in after her a bale of hay.

How you gwine-a ack when
de cabin leaves?
Climb on de roof and straddle de eaves.

What you gwine-a do without
no shelter?
Float wid de current down to de delta.

How you gwine-a ack when it come
on night?
Trus' in God and hold on tight.

What you qwine-a do if your
stren'th give way?
Say, 'Howdy, Lawd, it's Judgment Day!

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