North Carolina Road Trip


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74-year old grandfather. Served with IVS, Vietnam, 1968-69 in II Corps/III Corps. Police-fire-court reporter for Holyoke (MA) Transcript. Editor for GTE NW "Newsworthy" paper. PA Officer (DAE) fo  [+]

They serve
Pit-cooked pork
Says the sign
Beneath the mossy oaks
Of Alligator Swamp,
Where vines,
Bone-white and python-thick,
Twist up the naked trunks
Of drowned pines,
And boiled peanuts
Sell at the stand
Outside the Tae-Kwon-Do
And Hypnosis store.

Black buzzards wheel in flight,
Eagle-like but buzzards still,
But the Short-Stop café,
Without public restrooms,
Won’t sell quarters to buy the news.

At the Temple of Refuge’s spotty lot
The Bibleway bicycle yard sale thrives,
While up Honey Pot Road
The Middle-Swamp Baptist Church
Hosts “Swampfest 2003”

Spread-legged and dangling
From a front yard tree
A two-point buck, hoisted there
By a John Deere, nods knowingly
Toward a tire swing.

And cotton fields at 40 mph
Blur to pointillist prints
Of white blops and mahogany slashes,
Punctuated by family plots
Where the long-and-displaced dead
Rock to the traffic’s rumble.

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Sunny Lancaster · ago
Excellent poem! I'm there!
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Prithvijeet Sinha · ago
You have created a work that revels in its quirky details. The final lines are the best way to conclude a poem whose imagery is striking in its depiction of high roads and journeys that we draw from .
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Prithvijeet Sinha · ago
Beautifully created work that revels in its quirky details. The final lines are the best way to conclude this poem full of striking imagery of the high roads and journeys that we cherish.
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Houda Belabd · ago
I love it !
Feel free to read my competing haiku right here :
https://short-edition.com/en/story/poetry/underneath-our-skin

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Mountain Nose · ago
Houda -- Found your haiku evocative. Reminded me of Black surgeon Charles Richard Drew who pioneered blood transfusions and blood storage to create blood banks during WWII. Thanks.
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Lori Graham · ago
Excellent poem! I felt like I was back in North Carolina. (Or many places in the South). So well written!
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Nili ROBERTS · ago
I really enjoyed the imagery and the language. For a couple of minutes, I was on the road, I saw what the poet saw...

I wonder if there was a need to cut and separate the lines. I think ordinary paragraphs would have worked just as well.

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