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I Recall

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I Recall

I recall a filthy sidewalk
running in front of grandma's house
with bumps and cracks from the roots
of ancient white oaks…

Meandering down to the levee
with cane poles and sack lunches
crickets and freshly dug earth worms
Barefoot in careless summers...

I recall one low spot 
beneath a straggly Chinaberry 
filled with pitch-black delta dirt
washed in by summer rains
Shuffling through and digging down
burying our toes...

Often now I recall
when the heavens are shrouded in grief
when darkness closes at the edge of vision
I recall a porch light flicking on in the distance
I recall grandma’s trembling soprano calling
calling me back home….




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  1. Date: 9/25/2014 8:16:00 AM
    Grandma's trembling soprano, now that is why I sing, you might say it's more like a trembling goat call, but heh, I sing, and your poetry does to, every poem I red from you, helps me get to know you better, how you must look to heaven every blessed morning, and still calculate your mourning, if it wasn't for love of peer and loving hugs, where would we be, nowhere, so you get just that, a hug, have a good one chum xxx

  1. Date: 8/8/2014 12:12:00 AM
    WOW Tim, now THIS is the kind of poetry I love seeing from you. Nostalgia at its best with clarity and a superb final line. I'm gonna fave this one. Congrats for your win.

  1. Date: 8/7/2014 7:44:00 PM
    What a warm, sweet memory. I love your poem. Congratulations. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 8/7/2014 7:50:00 AM
    My dear Tim, when you write like this, my heart moves like an ocean wave in your direction. As I have said before, I love your funny side, but this is what you were born to write. So, so beautiful, haunting and with deep longing.

  1. Date: 8/7/2014 6:35:00 AM
    A wonderful and deep win Tim....linda

  1. Date: 8/7/2014 3:30:00 AM
    tim, I'm commenting on your poem first as I've neglected you of late! I had no inkling that this poem was yours, but I liked it the very first time I read it...there's a poignant delicacy to this poem, and it's these sort of poems of yours that tell me that beneath the jocular exterior there is an extremely sensitive soul...(read my blog for what I have to say about the high standard of entries) - congrats on your win! :)

  1. Date: 3/17/2014 9:28:00 PM
    This nostalgic poem brought back some good memories for me. I would always spend summer days at my Grandma's house and she would call us in just before dark. This poem was beautifully written, Tim! Congratulations on your win, as well!...Thank you for the kind congrats on my poem. I do appreciate the fav! :)

  1. Date: 3/17/2014 4:23:00 AM
    I had a grandmother who used to call me home the same way. Good descriptive write. I have never been to Louisiana, but you vicariously put me there when I read your work.

  1. Date: 3/16/2014 3:25:00 PM
    You paint a vivid picture…I swear I could feel the humidity - Congrats!

  1. Date: 3/16/2014 4:54:00 AM
    Wonderful poem penned well and congrats on the win, tim

  1. Date: 3/16/2014 4:16:00 AM
    Tim :) Awesome win.... Take care Love *Skat

  1. Date: 3/16/2014 3:58:00 AM
    Good morning Tim, Congratulations! thank you for the support ~LINDA~

  1. Date: 11/20/2013 9:59:00 AM
    Great poem and the imagery of your recall is definitely poetic. Being a guy from the east coast of Philly, I know nothing about Missisippi, but you brought it to life in your poem.

  1. Date: 11/18/2013 8:32:00 PM
    i'm from the other side of the state. Houston, and West Point.

  1. Date: 11/2/2013 9:23:00 AM
    Tim - That image of burying toes in the black delta dirt reminds me a little of "Barefoot Boy" Bravo on another gem. love, Kathy

  1. Date: 10/29/2013 10:36:00 PM
    Tim; this will do wonderful in the contest. It is nice to have those memories when we were kids and care free. Thanks for sharing and for reading my poem.... Lucilla

  1. Date: 10/29/2013 9:30:00 PM
    This is just WONDERFUL Tim. I am sure to see your entry at the top of the winner's list. I loved the journey and where it took me. Outstanding writing my friend!

  1. Date: 10/29/2013 12:50:00 PM
    wow, tim.. you went so far back to relive such tender memories as if they were still in the now... i will cling to this for a long whille; so heartfelt and stamped by your gold pen... :) huggs

  1. Date: 10/29/2013 9:36:00 AM
    I can smell this rich earth and see this so vividly...what a charming picture Tim ....gonna do awesome!!!!!!! :-) :-) :-) :-) already is....

  1. Date: 10/29/2013 6:50:00 AM
    I love the vivid descriptions, and what a brilliant ending!!!

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