North Carolina Road Trip

1 min

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

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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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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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