Here were said the words men say. The oil stove winked its slit black eye; it knew they did not have their way. A whitetail made for the edge of the page. Vitalis came before the talc. My father's dark hair began to fade. Barrelhead Thurman palmed my scalp, knuckled my ear when he was done just to hear a little boy yelp. They rode, hats off, through years of lies on bus seats the county junked, out-fished, out-hunted the ones who’d died. My father's dark hair began to fade. The oil stove winked its slit black eye. It knew he did not have his way. The dead grow long and beautiful hair. They have said what they had to say to stir that basement's damp, sweet air.
Reprinted by permission of Louisiana State University Press from From Whence by Michael Chitwood. Copyright © 2007 by Michael Chitwood.