I Am Baybie


A novel by Bill Schubart

I was born sighted but then was blinded by the drunken doctor who gave birth to me.

I was raped by my foster father and lied to when my little girl was born. She was sold for adoption without anyone asking me.

When I had an abortion a few years later, the doctor told me he did me a favor by removing my ovaries, but he never asked me.

The Lighthouse called us mendicants and wanted us to learn crafts, but we’re working women -- buskers. We work for our living.

I am the Reverend Baybie Hoover. I can sing for eight hours and never repeat a song. This is Ginger Brown, my Deaconess of Music. You are welcome to come to our little church.

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"I will bring the blind by a way that they know not, in paths that they have not seen will I lead them. I will make darkness light before them and crooked places straight. These things will I do unto them and I will not forsake them."
—  Isaiah 42:16