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Once I lived in a town in north Louisiana

where you had to drive 30 miles to get a beer

in Monroe where the barkeep asked me, trying to help,

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if I didn't think it might be me that was unfriendly.

A student, a professor's son, broke into my office

and peed on my desk because I'd separated him

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from two Vietnam vets who were copying

from him. He would "have it out with me," he yelled

crazy in his eyes, if I did it again, so I knew

it was him. The vets dropped the course.

I asked the dean what to do about Sonny Boy.

"If it was me I'd whup his ass," he drawled.

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In the spring I got drunk in New Orleans and stretched out

in a field, feeling finally like a real Louisiana man

beside the highway coming home to sober up.

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Former teacher, born in the US but longtime resident of Germany. Author of "Looking for the Enemy," "The Transparent Conspiracy," et al.

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