elysabeth faslund

Rookie (11/23/49 / Thibodaux. Louisiana)

..........................Dunces In A Confederacy - Poem by elysabeth faslund

After reading 'The Confederacy of Dunces' (Pulitzer Novel of 1983? set in New Orleans.) , these words ring true. I lived in New Orleans for 10 years.....
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Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints?
Who dat? Who dat?
Who dat clown wid da big, flat feet?
You know. You know.
Sometimes be yo neighbor,
Sometimes be yo frien...
Nevah yo enemy...

But, when dem shutters close at night,
Don be a'walkin dem sidewalks.
Nevah dat alley bee-tween houses.
Don be a'lookin out yo window, ether.

The knife will always stab yo back...
Never yo front...
Why is dat?
Why is dat?


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Poem Submitted: Friday, June 26, 2009



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