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Louisiana Boy: Part 2 – Desperately Seeking Eunice (Louis Toliver Jr - Swartz, LA)

“My mama isn’t going to like that
I’m riding around in a car full
of white people,” Jerome admitted.
“You can trust us! We good peoples,” Eric pushed forward and smiled.

“Relax,” I said confidently,
even though it was a bat-shit crazy idea
to drive to Eunice on a school day
“It’s the Experience Louisiana Festival tomorrow.”

I’m not sure why I thought that was supposed
To make everyone feel at ease
We were skipping school and town on the day before
I didn’t really give anyone another option

But, I’m Louis, the smart one, the driver
So, if my gut feeling to is help my cousin
Sell weed at this festival and get free weed in return
The others don’t really need know that

I hadn’t seen my cousin, Michael, since,

I think, he got expelled in junior for

Trying to “pimp hoes for profit,”

my dad later told me and that’s not cool at 14

“Do ya’ll ever think about getting pregnant?”

“Hell, no! Susie did you a Xanex?” Eric grimaced

Jerome gave an awkward look and moved an inch away from Susie

“This is a such a dumb idea,” Jaked pouted.

“That’s it!” It came to me. “I turn 17 in 5 days.”

“So, Louis did you take a Xanex?” if Eric couldn’t

understand you, you were on a Xanex to him.

“No. That’s why we’re going to Eunice for the weekend,” I said like “duh.”


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