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Starving Artist on Kinnikkinnick

Dec 30, 2017

In Milwaukee in 1977 the winter was
a deep freeze of uncompromising darkness.
I ate in the weird little cosmos of George Webb’s greasy counter and booth establishments, on a level
with White Castle, no, maybe they were swanky compared to White Castle.
They catered to people with no money, you could get a
burger or eggs really cheap,
and refills on the coffee.
Once I was sitting in a miserable state of mind
feeling lonely
but I said a quiet Grace before my plate.
A man saw me pray, he paid for my food, I was blown
away with gratitude because it meant I had two more dollars to go toward my next meal.
In those days I sang “The Boxer” because I understood
“seeking out the poorer quarters where the ragged people go.”

 


[Kinnikkinnick is a street in Milwaukee. The definition is a smoking mixture used by North American Indians as a substitute for tobacco or for mixing with it, typically consisting of dried sumac leaves and the inner bark of willow or dogwood.]

Kimmy Sophia BrownKimmy Sophia Brown has loved humor and music and freedom for as long as she can remember. She is especially passionate about the environment and caring for animals.

She writes the column "From the Back Porch" as well as reviews of music in her column "MusicViews". Her goal in her music reviews is to introduce music she loves to people who may not have heard that particular artist or CD. For information about how to submit a CD for review, click here.

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