Mason- Dixon Lines P oetry B y PAtrici A s mit h Ethel’s Sestina Ethel Freeman’s body sat for days in her wheelchair outside the New Orleans Convention Center. Her son Herbert, who had assured his mother that help was on the way, was forced to leave her there once she died. Gon’ be obedient in this here chair, gon’ bide my time, fanning against this sun. I ask my boy, and all he says is Wa . it He wipes my brow with steam, says I should sleep. I trust his every word. Herbert my son. I believe him when he says help gon’ come. Been so long since all these suffrin’ folks come to this place. Now on the ground ’round my chair, they sweat in my shade, keep asking my son could that be a bus they see. It’s the sun foolin’ them, shining much too loud for sleep, making us hear engines, wheels. Not yet. Wait. Lawd, some folks prayin’ for rain while they wait, forgetting what rain can do. When it come, it smashes living flat, wakes you from sleep, eats streets, washes you clean out of the chair you be sittin’ in. Best
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Aug 16, 2014
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