Monday, September 17, 2018

My Papaw

My Papaw

My Papaw’s gone, but I remember well,

Born in the hills, chocked full of mountain pride,

One man alone, he really went thru hell,

Followed his wits, kept his kin by his side,

Raised on the farm, then forced into the mine,

Always worked long, from dawn until the night,

Kept all from harm, and stood tall like a pine,

Papaw was strong, never shrank from the fight,

Some fell aside, and their lives hit the skids,

He kept going, thru weather, war and strife,

He held his stride, and worked hard for his kids,

There’s no knowing, of a better lived life,

We have no longer, his strengthening touch,

He made us stronger, we miss him so much. By: Philip Kent Church



An Appalachian Sonnet

White water churns, as the New River flows;
Currents like dreams, swirl all of the day long,
Sun in sky burns, down the course as it goes;
All fed by streams, from the mountains so strong.

Winding its way, thru the palisade flanks.
Born from its source, with majesty imbued.
Whiling the day, angling fish by green banks;
Northbound by course, mountain range’s subdued.

The river shines, from the zenith Sun’s glare.
The willows bend, o’er the deep and still.
Whip-or-wills pine, the river doesn’t care;
Just holds it trend, keeps going as it will.

Old and arcane, its life to deliver;
Never to wane, love of the New River. By PHILIP KENT CHURCH

I'll Never Forget You Dear

I'll Never Forget You Dear
I think of you in the sunshine,
I dream night and day of you.
When all the world is silent,
And the stars shine out in the blue.

And wheather the hours are golden
Or weather the day be drear,
It seems you're beside me always-
I never forget you dear!

I see your eyes in the stars, love.
I hear your voice in the sea,
The spell of your tender presence
Goes over the world with me.

And distance cannot divide us,
Though far away, or near,
In my heart of hearts you dwell, love,
I never forget you dear!

The stars may forget their places,
The day may forget to break:
The flight of the hours may alter,
The rose may forget to wake.

But love that is true is forever,
Not a day, nor a month, nor a year;
To the end of the world I love you,
I never forget you dear!

-W.C. Harris
Long Branch West Virginia

Red is the Violet

Red is the violet
Blue is the rose
To you a birthday happy
(I'm up-mixed, you suppose?)
If from me a tip you'll take
Since "Fair is all in love and war".
And "Tis fair play to turn about".
You're 45, not 54.
Wish best,
Rose Maude

-Maude Rose Kelly
Salem, Virginia 1966
Born 1912-Pike Kentucky


lean and tough
a rough hewn safe
the stone side of the mountain hugs its secrets
sunshine at midday
like the dial of the safe
reflects and flickers
sparks and stabs
circling past truth
again and again
spinning in surges like sunspots
waxing and waning like a moon on fire
starspots in flight
questions flicker and flash without rest
sos to a silent universe
save our souls
save our souls
save our souls
je suis trop tendre pour ce monde
je suis trop tendre pour ce monde
je suis trop tendre pour ce monde
i see you
but the earth opens between us
i hear you
but the song is silent
like a beggar
standing at the door
head bent against the portal

Janey Pease

Midnight Poems

Ultimate expanses, the farthest mystery,
guise of final thoughts, the insanity of dying alone
is a transparent window where I see
a multitude of fragile lights erupting and further
away from this, truth wears a new crown
of jade and starlight; always there must be songs, beginnings
which covet Angels knowing only Love, a desperation
which carries the spiral arm home
or downward, I must have been all of you just now,
stranded on the edge of the great sleep,
for night has fallen, and who could possibly
know your dream's gentle ending?

Quick birth
into devil's biting
Slow antagonism-tenders
the bluest passions

Yellow sunflower opening to caress the
her petals, like love, are as soft
as morning.

Despair cresting the lonely shore
a river gone mad with Summer's ending

I thought I saw
you then,
turned toward

I thought..

Subterfuge of reason, thoughts are aborted as the
sacred silence climbs astride the moon now
lost in the blackest sky of this other side, spirits all
waver and are noticeable only because of the cool
dim glow seemingly coveting shadows
ancient masking.
In the wind a voice that sings the oracle seduces
our lower selves away
from harmony
Far from this world of soft breath and promise.

Rearrange monolith
the parting clouds are thoughts
the universe the womb
an expanse of darkness purging the
big fear
to accept what is near
which is of course
the birth
I have seen altars to the woman
named Luna
for even our fathers had heard the darkness whisper.

Spring 1994
June-November 2015

-T. Byron Kelly



I forget that you are there
Coyote, you sly one
in your canine cleverness.
You the trickster of ancient stories
who spread the stars with your tail—
You fool me.
I’m distracted by
the bumbling possum,
the facile raccoon,
the leggy beauty of the flighty doe,
or even the lumbering bear who fears nothing, clawing the trunks of great trees
and feasting on seedy berries and fish.
I never see
you Coyote,
and barely notice your traces of
muddy prints and bleached bones.
Yes, I forget. I walk, my dogs run ahead;
blissful they are, happy to find the bones you leave, happy to sniff your lingering presence. And me, I walk unaware, until
at night
late with no moon
your howls with unearthly overtones
fill the forest and
my primal human hair
rises up on my neck
and I remember
that you stalk the fawn and
the grouse and
the pet and possibly
even me.
I think in your howls I hear
the reminder that life is
moment to moment,
full of peril;
and safety a dangerous illusion
born of chosen ignorance
so that one can enjoy
a walk. Patricia Thrushart


For a second you forget it’s the dead leaves rustling overhead. -Randi Ward