Frank Stanford

(1948 - 1978 / Mississippi / United States)

Living


I had my quiet time early in the morning
Eating Almond Joys with Mother.
We'd sit on the back porch and talk to God.
We really had a good time.

Later on,
I'd sort baseball cards
Or look for bottles.
In the afternoon I'd shoot blackbirds.

Jimmy would go by the house for ice water
And make the truck backfire.
Oh, I really liked that.
That was the reason he did it.

In the evening the cottontails ran across the groves.
I shot one and put him in the backseat.
He went to the bathroom.
Jimmy said I knocked the shit out of him.

At night we would listen to the ballgame.
Then to the Hoss Man.
Jimmy liked "Take Out Some Insurance On Me Baby"
by Jimmy Reed.

Submitted: Thursday, September 04, 2014
Edited: Thursday, September 04, 2014

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  • Freshman - 1,591 Points Bernard Snyder (9/4/2014 7:03:00 AM)

    Well Frank, this is an interesting story. Thanks for sharing. Hope Jimmy is okay (smiling) . (Report) Reply

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