Archive for March 30th, 2015

OVERHEARD AT FAIRMONT HOT-SPRINGS

the storm system has been blowing in
all day

it’s March, which means madness—a madness
reaching far beyond
basketball

at the Hotsprings resort, killing time with the kids,
I assume all the nicely dressed people are here
for a wedding

some of the older men are wearing gold,
ceremonial necklaces, no biggie

they are gathering by the hallway to the
conference center, the girls in brightly colored
dresses…

but then I start listening to a conversation
near me; I hear “Grand Master” and “initiate”

the older man speaking is from Wyoming
and says Montana chapters
are down, fallen off
I hear another man say
they have 5 boys being initiated this year

after sneaking a pic with my phone
I tell my kids it’s time to go
we walk through the sliding glass doors
as another man wearing a gold necklace
walks in

a couple inquires what he’s here for
“just a gathering of a youth group,” he says

I scoff within earshot of this couple
and lock eyes—“are you ok?” she asks

I pause, thinking what to say back

“what I just overheard,” I say, “freaked
me out”

I pause again, then

“I think they’re KKK”

I turn and keep walking, no longer chilled
by just the wind

—William Skink

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