James Evans (3/30)


The prompt for day three over at NaPoWriMo was to write a fan letter. I was going to do an anti-fan letter, but then this person popped into my head…



Damn, Damn, Damn,
was the harrowing cry
many folks felt the day
James Evans suddenly died.

A father to the ghetto
never misunderstood,
patriarch of a family
that could have easily existed
in any poor neighborhood.

He didn’t spare the rod
for the spoiling of a child;
working odd jobs for pennies
while the economy was in denial

of how much it took
for people to survive
faced with temporary layoffs
and chow lines contrived.

John Amos,
your portrayal
of James Evans will
forever be out of sight;
even when mired in
downtroddenness, your
performance made being a dad
seem DY-NO-MITE!!!




© 2016 abruvanamedsly



John Amos


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