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Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Ghosts of the Yellow Dog: A Poetic Homage to August Wilson and his Piano Lesson

They rises up

fierce and strong.

They rises up

‘cause it’s been too long.

They rises up

‘cause nobody sings the song

of that terrible wrong.


When they comes back

it’s always at night.

When they comes back

it ain’t for no Halloween fright.

When they comes back

it’s to take away

one of those who stood by

and let them burn like hay.


Yeah you see

when those klu kluxers set that boxcar on fire

some colored mens was locked in thar.

I know some says that stories as flat as a tire.

But I got no reason to give you a scare.

I’m gone tell the truth.

It’s the only way to be fair.


You could hear ‘em…

oh… yes you could.

First just-a banging on that doe…

Then they started to scream and yell.

Sounded awful,

just awful, I’m here to tell.


That fire set off a high bright light.

And the rest of the white people came to see the sight.

But not one would help,

not even when they heard them men yelp.

This was sumpen’ evil,

sumpen’ straight out of hell.

Nobodied even ring the fire bell.


So now…

now they come; yes they do.

And when they come

there’s always a sound

You might think it was a train whistle

Or the howl of a hound.


But oh lord…

when they rises from that bog,

they comes through

a smoky yellow fog.

And all I know…

all I know…

is that it’s the ghosts of the yellow dog.


Published in The Blotter Magazine, November 2018

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Friday, April 02, 2010

A Disturbance In The Force

“A Disturbance in the Force” is the title of Chapter 4 of my memoir “Making Gumbo in the University.” In that chapter I describe a ten-minute presentation I gave at the DOD World Wide Equal Opportunity Conference. The hook of the talk is that I gave it using a Star-Wars Theme. “There is a great disturbance in the force,” is the first line. Unorthodox as it was, at the end the mostly military audience went wild. Here is the video of that talk.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Interview: The State Of Things

On November 3, 2009 I was interviewed by Frank Stasio on “The State of Things”. That show is on the North Carolina Public Radio station WUNC. I was very impressed with the people running the show; Lindsay Thomas (Producer) and Frank (host). All the others I met there were impressive, but those are the two people I had the most contact with. Frank was an energetic, warm and engaging host.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Lagniappe: Something Extra

Lagniappe is a Creole-Cajun thing. That’s why Louisiana recipes can be a problem. Even when there is a recipe we always add, “…a little something extra.” That’s lagniappe. And that is what you will find in this section of the website; just a little something extra.

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