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Alligator Boots

 Doug Draime
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Alligator Boots
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Doug Draime has been a presence in the 'underground' literary movement since the late 1960's in Los Angeles. Books in print: "Dusk With Carol"...read more (Kendra Steiner Editions), "Los Angeles Terminal: Poems 1971-1980" (Covert Press), "Rock 'n Roll Jizz" (Propaganda Press), "In Back of Madame Wong's" (Tree Killer Inc.) and a full-length collection "More Than The Alley" (Interior Noise Press). Awarded PEN grants in 1987, 1991, and 1992. Nominated for five Pushcart Prizes in the last three years. He lives with his wife Carol and family in the foothills of the Cascade mountain range in southern Oregon.
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The Ku Klux Klan used to
     ride down Main Street
     in my hometown
     on horses,
     with their white sheets
     and hoods
     in 4th of July parades
     up until the 1950’s.
     I remember one year
     my grandfather, not normally
     a drinker, was lit up
     on some beers,
     and ran up to one of
     the men on the horses
     and called out
     the name Harry.
     And the man leaned down
     in acknowledgment.
     I heard my grandfather yell,
     “I knew it was you, from those
     shit kickin’ alligator boots of yours.”
     They were both laughing
     as my grandfather, jumping up a little,
     pulled Harry’s hood
     from his head.
     My grandfather ran
     back to my dad
     and me on the sidewalk,
     laughing with hood in hand.
     Harry continued down the street
     on his horse, seemingly unaffected
     by the exposure. In fact he appeared
     to relish in it, smiling,
     his head held high, and waving proudly
     at his neighbors
     who were calling out to him

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  1 week ago
This reminds me of a Dan Potthast song:

Did you know that the KKK
adopted a highway
just a few miles
away from my mom’s house?

They paid the money
and they put up a sign
I guess they dress up in sheets
and then pick up the trash

They should know it when they see it
They get a good look every day...read more in the mirror
They get a good look every day in the mirror!
 

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