Joe and john are best friends his mama works for john mom he name is Annie Mae every morning at eight o'clock Annie Mae steps off the county bus and walks up the long hill to his house if it's summer john Henry is step-step-stepping-it right beside her
they like to help Annie Mae they shell butter beans they sweep the front porch they let the cats in then they chase the cats out of the house until Annie Mae says. "Shoo!.
john Henry swims better than anybody that Joe knows crawls like a catfish, blows bubble like a swamp monster, but he doesn't swim in the town pool with him He's not allowed So we dam the creek with rocks and sticks to make swimming spot, then holler and jump in wearing only there skin
when they get to pool and they where just siting on the diving board then John says he shouldn't be here because white folks don't like color folks at their pools