One for Strom

by Kevin Simmonds

Strum the banjo.
Strom is dead.
            Tickertape, tickertape
            Soul parade.
                        Grits-cooking woman.
                        Lower your head.
                                    Strom is dead, y’all.
                                    Strom is dead.
                                                Bible school dropout,
                                                Scripture’s been read.
                                                            Bull Connor’s waiting.
                                                            (No more hoses)
                                                            The fire instead.

KEVIN SIMMONDS is a writer, musician and performance artist originally from New Orleans. In 2011, his debut collection, Mad for Meat (Salmon Poetry) will appear along with his edited anthology, Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion and Spirituality (Sibling Rivalry Press). He lives in San Francisco.