Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies      Vol. 47,   December 2016,   Issue 3

Sometimes, when the devil gets hold of a body, it just won’t let go. Case in point being that young boy right there,” Reverend Henry Holmes declares with a high level of religious certitude. Henry – that’s what I call him – should know. He’s the minister of the all black congregational Church of God and Christ, located on Route 75 just around the bend from Coldwater. “I know, for a fact, Satan is making trouble for that boy, trouble for him and his whole family. Busy lips keep saying if he don’t leave, he will be dead before my coming Sunday sermon.” Henry continues to point at a young black man climbing into the back of a pickup truck parked across the road from us, our vantage point being the bench on the front porch of the Coldwater Dry Goods Store. It was as if Henry was pointing his finger toward the devil himself, as if to say, “I see you, Satan.”  

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Commiserating the World with Henry