Every weekend I participate in David Abrams’s “#SundaySentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

And Great Great Grandfather for ten years did not walk, and some say it was his refusal to be a slave—they say heroically, Great Great Grandfather chose not to walk, and pretended to be paralyzed, and therefore could not slave in the fields, and the bolls of cotton that waited to be picked from the billowy whiteness burnt that day, and the pruned backs that blocked the sun stretched out their wrinkles and began elsewhere—and Great Great Grandfather wiggled his charcoaled toes, and heavy-hand planted his palms, and rooted his heels deep into the dirt floor, and rose up–his knees knobby, thinned, and grayed—and I bet before it all, they all said, praise Jesus, and Great Great Grandfather stood erect and walked away as a free man.

Source: Davon Loeb, “A Reconstruction of Great Great Grandfather” (in The In-Betweens)

cover of Davon Loeb's THE IN-BETWEENS