Once upon a time, before Obergefell v. Hodges, Donnie’s mother wants him to marry and give her grandchildren. “The patter of little feet will be like beating to my heart.” But Donnie is gay. The coming-out talk doesn’t help; his mother is persistent. Will Donnie’s fairy tale wedding come true? Can he get his scrump buddy to say “I do”?
Life changes following the death of a child. Kumbaya Night featuring a drag queen gospel trio at Dearly Beloved furthers the transformation.
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Donnie Lawrence, owner of Eternal Tranquil Chapel, is an over-the-top cliché. His mother moved into his lower Alabama waterfront home and keeps asking, “When are you getting married?” adding “I want grandchildren before I die” and “The patter of little feet will be like beating to my heart.”
Coming out doesn’t help. Neither does blurting out a name before the groom-to-be knows. Co
Clouds drift in
Throughout our days
Thick and thin,
Making a maze.
Winter becomes Spring,
Summer becomes Fall
Life’s a ring
Surrounding us all.
After we’re gone
All battles won
We live on
Through deeds done.
From The Complete Poems of BREVITY
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Society has buried those branded outcast in unmarked graves, at cross-roads, and outside the cemetery fence. Crossbones Graveyard is a famous, or infamous, example.
IN MEMORY OF is my version of this cruel custom. It’s the story of an unmarked grave outside the cemetery fence closer to Mobile than Montgomery, wedged between woods and water, in a place nobody goes. According to folklore, Thomas John Sutton, 14, is buried under.
Thomas loves Esther,
Closer to Mobile than Montgomery, wedged between woods and water, is a place nobody goes. A few homes, a church and cemetery scattered along a road leading somewhere else. Parents hope opportunity. They remember before it was paved. Now broken white and yellow lines on gray stretch up, down, around, away. Maps show a thread, Highway 59, emerging into a rope, Interstate 65. Travelers blurring through at night or without reading the church sign don’t know they’re seeing what’s left of
Who is buried under a blank slab in a place nobody goes? According to folklore, a fourteen-year-old boy who killed himself over unrequited love.
Thomas loves Esther, but she isn’t accepted in Canaan because of her bastard birth. After discovering the secret of his birth, Thomas fears he’ll be treated the same.
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