Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Georgia

old truck, red clay soil –
macon lass has more okra
‘n she knows what t’do with
(11-16)






ant'bellum houses,
the windsor - 'round the corner,
some guys, in the shade
(1-13)



 
involved in th’hustle,
walks quickly, th’streets ‘f th’old fifth ward,
blazing sun’s nothing
(2-16)








old fourth ward hustler –
steamy ev’ning coming on,
but has ways t’raise cash
(5-17)






americus roads'
tar sticks - he finishes beer,
throws can out window
(1-13)






used to play for free,
all atlanta'd go t'the park -
brothers in summer
(9-05)








okra and cornmeal,
and where'd you get that cook'n oil?
when in rome, she says
(5-11)







east point summer night -
train that came through here, he says,
first i ever jumped
(11-14)









gulls ‘t saint simon’s sound
turn into th’fresh breeze, away
from th’locals’ picnic
(11-16)









‘tlanta t’alpharetta
fam’ly’s in th’hills with th’moonshine,
that didn’t work f’r him
(11-16)









trapped by macon heat,
his ears ring'n with the blues, he
begins t'understand
(2-14)









years ago, th'underground's
bricks, the heart of atlanta -
now, respite from th'heat
(11-14)








drunken bulldog fans
define sportsmanship 'xactly
in streets of athens
(2-14)










drunken bulldog fans,
th’contents ‘f th’athens garbage can –
th’wind catches th’feeling
(1-17)







hauled f’r otis redding –
autumn fog, georgia pine woods,
he’s glad to be back
(10-16)




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first frost – rome trucker
came over th’hill t’find kids push’n th’car,
killed half dozen ‘f ‘em
(1-17)






gainesville woodcutter
sells th’most po’rful kind of shine,
try’n t’get back up th’hills
(11-15)









rome trucker’s account –
no fear ‘f th’early frost, no regard
f’r th’value ‘f human life
(1-16)






near andersonville
th'hunter spits - even the deer
look hungry this year
(11-14)






hangs wreath, tells story
store bombing uptown, protesting
koinonia
(1-13)





came back through hartsfield
for th'hol'days - what he missed most,
plain grits with butter
(12-14)









clos'n macon diner,
clock slows n'stops at holidays -
'y'all take your time, now'
(1-13)





southbound van stranded -
new year toast, byron folk ne'er
heard of quebecois
(2-14)








from mississippi,
he fled, on foot, th’runaway kid –
ice storm ‘n atlanta
(10-16)






blizzard on peachtree
not wanting t’go north, th’best choice,
wash dishes ‘t th’airport
(5-16)








promoted to grits –
king’s birthday, they say, ‘n’ his folks’ll
be com’n through hartsfield
(5-16)







th’train rolls through east point
th’winter night – he hopes it goes
somewhere near peachtree
(5-16)



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bitter wind, peachtree
got th’kid, ‘n’ they want th’yankee
t’get back on th’highway
(1-17)





y'all git back up on
se'nty five north, cold or not,
don't come back, ya hear?
(3-10)





 
andersonville ‘n march
‘possums so o’nry, they’ll dig up
th’civil war graveyards
(1-17)








freight train, georgia hills
red wine, thick loaf, pepper cheese -
peepers call from night
(3-10)




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macon magnolias
folks tend t’think th’tattooed bikers
‘ve gone against th’system
(4-17)










first peepers ‘n th’swamp –
this train’s left atlanta, bound
for th’georgia blue ridge
(1-17)





driver loves peachtree,
its blossoms, modern buildings -
hiker just wants out
(11-14)








springer mountain flow'rs
bloom with pollen and promise
shoes oiled and ready
(10-05)








georgia blue ridge sun
wakens forest animals,
showers touch young blooms
(10-05)








leaving from springer -
fragrance of rhododendron,
hopes of reaching maine
(8-05)









night train from hartsfield -
scraped elbow in fragrant bush,
ways west of downtown
(3-10)







road from vidalia
sweet onions, and love that’d be
trouble forever
(5-15)








mount vernon prom night
not that long ago, y’all’d be
going t’diff’rent ones
(5-15)








proms ‘f montg’y county,
bad coffee, ‘n’ th’yankee’s rebuke –
best be on y’all’s way
(5-15)









sweet smells ‘f vidalia
some folks cry cutting onions,
she cries just t’come home
(11-16)






reflection ‘f th’peach trees
uptown shoppers’ friendliness
has t’be genuine
(10-16)






gone but not f'rgotten -
d'catur girl shows her back yard's
cherokee roses
(11-14)







cherokee roses
--> – decatur lass can’t recall
th’high school hist’ry class
(10-16)

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