Black Butterfly 

(poem on page 3)


The butterfly above appears a lot like me

Our parallel souls are serene and carefree

It whisks through the sky with its fluttering wings

Not sure if it worries of anything

The butterfly above is black, but unique

It carries on as if the world was asleep

Black butterfly above, I can see you at night

Your wings, your beam convey special light

Your beautiful charm sends a warm embrace

Through this gentle soul in that imaginary place

I invite you to stay for as long as you like

Then my days ahead will be filled with delight

Your calm charisma I love and adore

And is why I ask for it more and more

The day will come that I will follow

For now, Ill await your presence tomorrow

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Catfish Gumbo

(recipe on page 25)




1 lb. catfish

1 lb. cut okra

1 can diced tomatoes

1 lb. beef smoked sausage, sliced in inch slices

1 large onion, cubed

1 small bell pepper, cubed

cup celery, diced

4 tablespoons oil

lb. shrimp, peeled & deveined

1 can tomato sauce

1 tablespoon flour

1 teaspoon file powder

1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning

4 tablespoons This N- That seasoning (see p. 94)

1 can chicken broth

1 clove garlic, diced

1 bay leaf


Heat  2 tablespoons oil in skillet.  Season catfish with seasoning and brown  on both sides.  

Remove from heat and cut fish into 1 inch pieces.  Heat 2 tablespoons oil in stock pot.  Brown 

flour and add sausage, onions, bell pepper, celery, and garlic.  Add remaining ingredients to pot 

and cook on medium-low heat for approx. 45 minutes.  Add catfish and shrimp, then simmer for 

20-30 minutes.  Best served over white rice with cornbread on the side.   

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