Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Winooski My Town

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So. When I lived in Winooski, Vermont (1959-1967) there was one Black family in town. I know this because somebody went door to door with a petition to (somehow) force them out and, after that person came to our house was the only time I ever saw my father angry when I wasn't at fault.

Despite the fact that long ago (cool fact!) a Buffalo Soldier retired in Winooski, it was as white a town as you've ever been in. Much of that was due to the fact that Vermont's population peaked in 1820. So there was no reason for to go there looking for a better life. Winooski High had exactly two Black students, a boy and girl (the racists hadn't intimidated their parents away), and you couldn't get anywhere near them, they were so popular. (Even then, it was important to have a Black friend so you weren't racist.)

There were more Black folks locally, though I had no idea where. A couple of kids shined shoes outside City Hall (and I envied them their ready cash). And every Fourth of July, there was a parade with lots of high school bands and one Black band that put them all in the shade. They played better and jazzier than the white bands, while doing dazzling synchronized dancing/marching. I was awestruck.

Years have passed. In 2012, a hip-hop trio, all refuges, titled A2VT created a video, Winooski, My Town. The three are: Said Bulle from Somalia and Kenya, Cadoux Fancy from Republic of Congo, and Geworge Mnyonge from Tanzania. Things had changed. They were only a part of the Black community in my home town.

 I know every place in the video from the soles of my feet to the core of my heart. The song is the best and only song praising Winooski I know. It speaks to me. And it was made by immigrants.

 God bless them. 

Here's the video. I defy you not to be made happy by it. Click here.


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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Vampire Trees (Part 20)

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 One of the three--


 

it hardly matters which-- 



says,


Continued tomorrow.


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Monday, October 18, 2021

Vampire Trees (Part 19)

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 and see their organs



 

pulsing




through translucent skin.

 


 

Continued tomorrow.


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Sunday, October 17, 2021

Vampire Trees (Part 18)

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An observer



 could count their 



 

ribs


Continued tomorrow.


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Vampire Trees (Part 17)

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All three are

 


starvation-thin




shockingly skeletal.




Continued tomorrow.


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Friday, October 15, 2021

Vampire Trees (Part 16)

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and eyes

 

 

two sparks

 


 

in his

 

 

bald,

 


skull-like

 



head.

 


 Continued tomorrow


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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Vampire Trees (Part 15)

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 A ghoul

 


 emerges

 

 

from the shadows, 

 

teeth clicking


Continued tomorrow.

 

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Vampire Trees (Part 14)

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She is

 


 sky-clad




 and shameless.

 



Continued tomorrow.


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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Vampire Trees (Part 13)

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 A witch

 


falls from the sky


 

and, tossing aside



 

her besom,


 

bows.

 

 

Continued tomorrow.

 

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Monday, October 11, 2021

Vampire Trees (Part 12)

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Where she stood 

 


 is now



a wolf bitch.



Continued tomorrow.


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Vampire Trees (Part 11)

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 Arriving at

 

 

the tree



 

she flickers.




Continued tomorrow.


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Saturday, October 9, 2021

Vampire Leaves (Part 10)

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threads

 

 

her way

 


 

through the gravestones.

 

 


Continued tomorrow

 


Friday, October 8, 2021

Vampire Leaves (Part 9)

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On a night in 

 

 

bleak October,

 


 

a woman 

 


in black

 

Continued tomorrow.

 

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