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Knees of a Natural Man (for Jay Wright)


my ole man took me to the fulton fish market
we walk around the guts and the scalesmy ole man show mw the dead fish, eyes like throat spit
he say “yo hongry boy?” i say “naw not yet”my ole man show me how to pick the leavings
he say people throw away fish that not rotten

we scaling on our knees back uptown on lenox
sold five fish, keepin one for the pot

my ole man copped a bottle of wine
he say, “boy, build me a fire out on the lot”

backyard cat climbin up my leg for fish
i make as fire in the ash can

my ole man come when he smell fish
frank williams is with him, they got wine

my ole man say “the boy cotch the big one”
he tell the big lie and slap me on the head

i give the guts to the cat and take me some wine
we walk around the sparks like we in hell

my ole man is laughin and coughin up wine
he say. “you hongry boy?” i say “naw, not yet”

next time i go to the fulton fish market
first thing i do is take a long drink of wine.

Henry Dumas

What’s up family? Hope all is well and that the new week treats you kindly.  And by all means, when you go to the fulton fish market, have that drink of wine.

Peace,
Tenthltr2u

 

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About tenthltr2u (1049 Articles)
A child of the 60's I often feel out of place in the world as it exist today. Too much excess, too much materialism, too few people who genuinely care or give a damn. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

2 Comments on Knees of a Natural Man (for Jay Wright)

  1. That’s what family is all about.  Passing it down.  Peace.

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  2. Tenthltr2u // April 14, 2008 at 3:48 pm // Reply

    No doubt Brother wordsmith, no doubt.
    Peace,
    Tenthltr2u

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