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Copyright 2012 Dwayne Albert Bearup


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The second coming started on a street corner in Tuscaloosa. Two men met by chance, one a Baptist street preacher, the other a minstrel/philosopher. A creationist and an evolutionist, together quite coincidentally on the same stage, preaching their personal gospels to the masses. One was saving souls, the other singing the song of his life to all who wished to hear it.

The minstrel, a middle-aged man less-than-affectionately dubbed Yak by his peers—for his wild odor and unkempt mane—had set up shop at a busy intersection. His corner, where he played for donations every pleasant morning and shared his outlook on life with the passers-by. When the Preacher arrived, Yak sang on; by the time he reached a natural breaking place, Preacher was well into his spiel. Yak listened for a time, idly strumming chords and debating his next move. He was a great debater, this homeless artist. Yak would debate on the sweet taste of mountain springs or the smell of a rose or the color of the sky, despite never having experienced these things. He had no memories of visiting the mountains, could never smell a rose through his own unwashed aroma, and never looked up from the ground for fear of being blinded by birdshit.

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