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On Jackson Square by Ron Wallace article

 

 “On Jackson Square” 

 

I stand in Jackson’s shadow

and watch the iron-railed Pontalbas dripping.

A summer rain rolling in off the river

has burned into July

and a bum

a homeless dude,

whatever is politically correct these days

returns to his metal bench

beneath twisted branches

of an antique oak tree.

 

Outside the little park

at the heart of the Square,

a street musician is playing an acoustic version

of“Every Picture Tells a Story”

and I am done with the General.

 

Walking toward an exit,

probably still harboring a grudge

toward the hat-tipping sonuvabitch,

I pass the bum,

the homeless dude,

whatever he may be these days.

 

On his left bicep

the Ace of Spades

from a deck of Bee Playing cards is tattooed,

a Screaming Eagle

          101st Airborne

peeks out from under the sleeve

of a dirty Bourbon Street tourist tee on his right arm

and he speaks softly to my new Pumas:

 

“Bet ya I can tell yawhurya got dem shoes.

Betcha five bucks

I can tell ya the zact city and state whurya got dem shoes.”

 

I pause and consider a grammar lesson;

Should I explain the difference between “got” and “have”,

but his eyes refuse to lift and meet mine

so I only smile to myself.

 

“On my feet,” I say.

 

His eyes stayed focused on the grass at his feet.

“Shit, Bro, don’t tell no one that.

          How I gonna hustle a beer?

You gotta smoke on ya a dude could bum?”

 

I wished I had a cigarette and said,

“Don’t smoke, Bud.”

 

He finally looked up,

          “Damn the luck,”

He smiled showing good teeth and a scar

running from above his right eye 

down to an Indian

or Native American

or whatever’s politically correct these days

cheekbone.

 

He looked back down.

 

“Betcha I can tell ya the singer’s name

for that white boy music playing cross the fence.”

 

Hoping for the best, I said,

          “Five bucks says you can’t.”

 

His head came up again flashing that same smile.

“Rod Stewart, Bro, Every Picture Tells a Story.”

 

I fished in my pockets and handed him a five.

          “Damn the luck,”

I grinned as he walked away

the music playing in my ears:

 

“I couldn't quote you no Dickens, Shelley or Keats

'cause it's all been said before.

Make the best out of the bad just laugh it off.

You didn't have to come here anyway,

so remember, every picture tells a story don't it...

every picture tells a story; don’t it...

every picture tells a story; don’t it...”

 

 

 


 


 

 

Ron Wallace, is an Oklahoma Native of Choctaw, Cherokee and Osage ancestry and is currently an adjunct professor of English at Southeaster Oklahoma State University is the author of six volumes of poetry.

 

His work has appeared in Oklahoma Today, Walt’s Corner of The Long IslanderCross Timbers, Cowboys and Indians Online Magazine, Traveling Music, Sugar Mule, OklahomaEdge, Grandmother Earth and a number of other journals and anthologies.

 

His books have won the Oklahoma Writer’s Federation Best Book of Poetry three times: “I Come from Cowboys... and Indians in 2009, “Oklahoma Cantos” in 2011 and Hanging the Curveball in 2013. He’s also been a finalist in the Oklahoma Book Awards three times with his first book Native Son in 2007, Oklahoma Cantos in 2011 and Cowboys and Cantos in 2013.




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