background image

Significato Journal
Subscribe to our FREE E-Newsletter!
Normal Version Print Version

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.

Did you like what you read?

If so, leave a Tip, below, and join the ranks of our Renaissance Patrons!
>> Read More about becoming a Renaissance Patron


Select Amount on the Next Page

Recurring Patron

Select a Monthly Amount from the
DropDown List Below

Recurring Patron Levels

(Comments are moderated and must be approved.)
comments powered by Disqus

More Headlines of Interest

“The Epiphany of Zebediah Clump”
Watch our first film right here.
Feel good about life and feed your soul some vittles...
from the columns and essays of Significato.
Transport your soul...
by curling up with a short story or poem.
Increase your bliss and nourish your soul...
with tidbits on nature, music, books, films, health and writings from bygone days.
Feel good about life...
Become a Significato Journal Renaissance Patron
Liquid Web Dedicated Servers