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The Holy

some people

like this woman

i remembered today

from my childhood


this

carolyn carlisle

anderson, in

1973


some people

pull you into myth

just

because


they exist

she and her elderly

husband louie

their son paul


(they adopted paul

when he was 9

troubled

youth, etc.)


louie owned a gas station

and they lived across

the street from us

on school street


went to the

same church

landmark bible

carolyn's


super-red deluxe

beauty-salon

hair permed into

a dove's nest


she worked at

the holiday inn

cleaning

rooms


sometimes cooking

for the

buffet, bringing us cottage-cheese

containers


of leftover

green-beans, mashed potatoes,

gravy

from that buffet


and when louie

had the heart attack

they woke me up

to tell me


5-years-old

i guess i needed

to know

right?


carolyn with

pancake makeup

and billy graham

emotions


and paul

in 1975

crazy and mean

and taking drugs


louie could keep

him under

control but

carolyn she


loved him too much

and she was always

coming over

with leftovers


from holiday inn

always trying to

be

nice


and then there's

paul

getting killed in florida 10 years later

after he ran away


carolyn

had nothing

and yet she kept on

with the leftovers


having a job was very important

to her

but paul's bedroom

in that house


damn

that big poster

of led zepelin's

houses of the holy


all those naked

kids climbing

wanting

to get to the top

carolyn

saying to my mom

apologetically

embarrased


isn't that nasty?

i

wish he knew better

i really do




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