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The Sanguine Flight
© 2014 Will/iam Crooke
© 4/23/14 Will Crooke
latin & image
A creole melange - family, not individuals, in a world weirdly Medieval plunged into the modern, a mystical warp and weft threading out over pathless waters.
Born to the Water, we swam before walking, in the bayou, bay and Gulf off family-hand-crafted mahogany boats, in a wash of dialects, with touches of Metairie ('boid' for bird) and Crowley's Ridge.
Roots back to pre-US Spanish Pensacola (Gallegos Villars), New Orleans, and Tennessee, both Native Americans and an offshoot of the Hatfield-McCoy feud fleeing from Appalachia to Arkansas. "Confirmationsscheine" attest that paternal German ancestors were baptized in Metairie in 1868 before intermarrying with the French, and learning how to cook.
Ancestors were foresters, travelers, itinerant preachers, and impecunious storytellers ... And so, much of that family history is lost in tales and mysteries . . .
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