Back then, I remember, you and I went to a funeral. On a day made for a funeral. A gray day, with a rusty rain. Not bitter cold. But cold.
It was a funeral for Furry Lewis. Old Memphis blues guy and you and I were there, and Dan, and Joan. Banjo Bob in wrinkled pants. And suspenders, with tennis racquets on them.
Furry Lewis had a prosthetic leg but he didn’t always wear it. Dan said once, he was at Furry’s house, and Furry said to him, Boy fetch my leg out the closet.
That story always made us laugh, but not that day. That day we bit the inside of our cheeks, and stood in a stale rain. Little Laura Dukes was there, all 84 pounds of her. Four foot nine, and as least as old as Furry.
They lowered the casket into the ground, and Laura Dukes teetered up to that hole like a skeleton-child. She leaned over, looked into the ground and she was so frail.
She waved. And said ‘bye, Furry. It stayed in our hair and our clothes like the smell of tobacco.
Back then, you and I danced holes into our shoes. A day made for a funeral was like a double lightning strike.
We were sure we’d never die and afraid of own thunder, and half the size of Little Laura Dukes.