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Church Supper, New England

The fiddles – there are three –
are badly out of tune, and the thumping
of the bass is as heavy and portentous
as the summons of the Reaper himself.
Stout Yankees surround me as I sit,
alone,
at the end of a table,
as out of place as that dark imp
at Sleeping Beauty’s christening.

Farmers, truckers, carpenters all –
their ladies bulging in stretch pants
and home-knitted, loud-yarned sweaters –
sit gossiping between great mouthfuls
of corned beef and cabbage,
boiled red potatoes and carrots as large
as any dildo on display in a toy shop.

I know these folk.
They’re shrewd and they’re earthy
but at the same time they’re prudish
and I hear no jokes about carrots
as I eavesdrop, my nose in my journal,
on their homespun conversations.

I have not worn my red shoes
to this church supper,
for all New Englanders know
that red shoes are the mark of a witch,
and for all their fumbling pretensions
to the progress of the world
these rockribbed worthies
would never suffer a witch to live.

© 2013 RC deWinter ~ All Rights Reserved

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  • devotee1
    devotee1over 1 year ago

    That’s sad; they were not calling themselves Christians I hope. If they are Christians, followers of Christ, they should not wish ill or seek to harm anyone. At least, that’s my understanding. But what do I know? Another fine read! Thank you, RC.

  • Oh, it’s magical realism, Joe, my rather sour view of the circumstances…smile

    – RC deWinter

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