Crappeau was the name
my siblings and cousins used
to call me when I was a child.
We lived together in a big house
and would entertain each other
with funny games, ugly name calling
being one. My brother was guana, short
for iguana. My sister was duck. There was
cat and another cousin had the unfortunate
nomenclature of roast dog. We would get
upset when these names were applied to us
and threatened righteous, vengeful retribution
to the perpetrator. Eventually we grew out of
the custom but somehow crappeau is still
stuck in my mind.
Elvis Alves was born in Guyana and raised in Brooklyn, NY, where he currently lives and works. He has a Bachelor of Arts, with a major in religion, from Colgate University. He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.