Sunday, February 12, 2012

Ebony Orchid

image borrowed from bing

Ebony Orchid

Cataleya was raised as a very proper
Southern belle at a time when
the coloreds had to use separate entrances,
drinking fountains and bathrooms.

Then she attended college at UCLA
during the birth pangs of civil rights,
and without the tether of inherited

she discovered black lovers,
jazz, the blues, and the back
of the bus.

Glenn Buttkus

February 2012

Listed as #28 over at Magpie Tales 104

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Brian Miller said... that caused quite the stir when she returned home..but good on her...nice story telling man...

Mark Windham said...

Pure Scandal! :-) A good read.

Doctor FTSE said...

Well said. Southern Belle makes out . . . oops! Sorry! Makes good.

Kay said...

go Cataleya!!....great read..thanks.

Barbara said...

I'm with Brian about the rest of the story. You know the curse: may you live in interesting times? Well, they weren't dull.

Kay L. Davies said...

Good for her!

Anonymous said...

Whew! The back of the bus. Nice surprise ending.


Kathe W. said...

Excellent- I remember those grim days.

Helen said...

Glenn .. I really enjoyed this! And, those were the days my friend.

zongrik said...

how did you know this was what my college days were like

haunting suppleness

Tess Kincaid said...

Love the "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" thing going on here...nice write Glenn...