“Bang, Bang”

  She stood outside the window looking in; Her parents and the colored lights recall a celebration known as Christmas when all hearts are light and people’s cares are small. She stood outside the window looking in but dare not leave the shadows. There’s a pause; her hair entwined with twigs; her knee is skinned.…

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The Blue Grass Trailer Park

The Blue Grass Trailer Park The Blue Grass Trailer Park. A crowded court where sis and I grew up; played in the sand. Where summers were a hopscotch and cavort while list’ning to the sound of Dorsey’s band. Our home a cosy space for count of five. A closet kitchen with three rooms beside. A…

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A Dose of Castor Oil”

A Dose of Castor Oil A dose of castor oil was once the trick our fathers often said we must imbibe. Then gagging does embrace the mucous thick as down it goes so foulness may not thrive. A stuttering, red evil here is strewn as AR Fifteens shatter all the love. We need an antidote…

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“Settled In Alabama”

(Photo of my Grandmother, 1892-1979, by J. Casey)   “Settled In or Life in Alabama” We plant ourselves on hard, red clay out back. A dusty game of Jacks set our hearts free but near mid-morning, we are hungry birds and stand outside our granny’s country store. We shuffle dirty, bare feet; outstretched hands: Six…

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