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Franklin Lonzo Dixon, Jr commented on Mary Lois Adshead's blog post Birds in a Lonely Tree
"There's a line from Wallace Stevens that I used as caption for the title page of my only novel. It fits here.     It was when the trees were leafless first in November     And their Blackness became apparent, that…"
May 6, 2015
Franklin Lonzo Dixon, Jr commented on Mary Lois Adshead's blog post Birds in a Lonely Tree
"Good for you."
May 4, 2015
Franklin Lonzo Dixon, Jr commented on Mary Lois Adshead's blog post Birds in a Lonely Tree
"You are right. I had not. The styles are similar."
May 4, 2015
Franklin Lonzo Dixon, Jr commented on Mary Lois Adshead's blog post Birds in a Lonely Tree
"Good words, ML. A different style of you than the one I've read in the past."
May 3, 2015
Franklin Lonzo Dixon, Jr commented on JMac1949 Today's blog post May Day… Origins, Dirty Rotten Commies and What’s Next in the 21st Century
"In Mobile as a child I walked around a maypole with other children. We each held a long streamer of crepe paper (as depicted in your first pic). There were in fact two circles of us and the circles marched in different directions with the marchers…"
May 2, 2015
Franklin Lonzo Dixon, Jr commented on Franklin Lonzo Dixon, Jr's blog post Poem Number 4
"You got it right, Jerry . . . and element of nobility . . . in all of us. "
May 2, 2015
Jerry DeNuccio commented on Franklin Lonzo Dixon, Jr's blog post Poem Number 4
"What a feast this poem is--thoughts to ponder, images to savor, the strange coherence of a mind working in full associational mode, a reminiscence that rivets what it's like to be a boy, with boy desires and reasons.  I especially like…"
May 2, 2015
Marty'sHusband commented on Franklin Lonzo Dixon, Jr's blog post Growing Up Southern
"So now of course in so many states they are attacking the vote by making you get an ID that is not easy to get....unless you have a car, some money, all of your records, etc....the fight continues even today.  This was a great story....being…"
Apr 29, 2015
Franklin Lonzo Dixon, Jr commented on Franklin Lonzo Dixon, Jr's blog post Growing Up Southern
"Mary Lois Adshead. Yes."
Apr 29, 2015
Mary Lois Adshead commented on Franklin Lonzo Dixon, Jr's blog post Growing Up Southern
"History will tell all--but then it will depend upon who writes history."
Apr 29, 2015
koshersalaami commented on Franklin Lonzo Dixon, Jr's blog post Growing Up Southern
"MLA,The Wiki entry says he had a reputation for taking care of Black constituents even though he was a segregationist. I'm not sure Franklin's impression is completely off base. He could be reading too much into it but there may be a…"
Apr 29, 2015
Mary Lois Adshead commented on Franklin Lonzo Dixon, Jr's blog post Growing Up Southern
"This story has a certain amount of magical mind-reading in it. Just sayin. I too would like to think maybe somewhere in the heart of the old-guard South there was a sliver of compassion. But it would take more than the look in the eyes of an old…"
Apr 29, 2015
Franklin Lonzo Dixon, Jr commented on Franklin Lonzo Dixon, Jr's blog post Growing Up Southern
"Mary Lois Adshead. Perhaps Mr. Boykin was never a hero apart from my imagination."
Apr 29, 2015
Franklin Lonzo Dixon, Jr commented on Franklin Lonzo Dixon, Jr's blog post Growing Up Southern
"koshersalaami ... That's the man. My brother was 18 months younger than I. We circulated in different groups, but we both attended the same church until we were teenagers, so obviously religion had little or nothing to do with our differences."
Apr 29, 2015
Mary Lois Adshead commented on Franklin Lonzo Dixon, Jr's blog post Growing Up Southern
"Yeah, that's him kosh. I heard Frank Boykin's name all my life but only in Franklin's story does he come out as any kind of hero."
Apr 29, 2015
koshersalaami commented on Franklin Lonzo Dixon, Jr's blog post Growing Up Southern
"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_W._BoykinIs this what he looked like? When you read about him here, how you described him fits.Great story, and great question you asked yourself. Your brother - how different in age? That could lead to a very…"
Apr 29, 2015

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Poem Number 4

Posted on May 2, 2015 at 7:00am 3 Comments

We were young then.

Ducks floated on our pond and

leaves never fell;

always instead they seemed to

take our eyes by their handles

and shake us out like linen cloth. . . .



But. . .

Do you remember Miss Crowley's wash,

Or the automatic way she

wiped down the wire lines

with a clean white towel

before she hung the clothes?

Well, yes, you're right:

that was long ago,

but you do remember. .…

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Growing Up Southern

Posted on April 29, 2015 at 6:13am 9 Comments

Until I was about 42 years old I never wondered how it had come about that I had come to feel nothing like the prejudices I should have been feeling. Reared in the deep south of share-cropper lineage, I had ought to have grown up not only saying things like “had ought to have” but also looking down on black people as inferior beings with whom white people should have no truck. But I didn’t. For some reason – or reasons – I grew up trusting that the differences among the peoples of the…
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A Hero I once saw

Posted on April 27, 2015 at 12:24pm 5 Comments

Not too many years ago, in a city not so far away, there lived a young man – actually, only a boy, no more than 14 years old – who was profoundly gifted in what some would call, a trivial art. He could hit a baseball. Folks of many different colors in that very southern and unrepentant city used to gather around on weekend afternoons to watch this young fellow take batting practice. His practice field was the school yard of…

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Poem # 2

Posted on April 23, 2015 at 5:30am 3 Comments

                       Atonal Significance

I had intended to write these words when first I woke,

While origami dreams remained in their folds

But the hard sun came in too fast; the morning fog

Too dense, intense…

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