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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: 6/11/2015 10:40:00 PM
    Hey Tim, love the power of your look back.. Terrific winner!

  1. Date: 6/10/2015 4:25:00 PM
    Hello Tim, best wishes on the placement with this southern memory filled write..'

  1. Date: 6/10/2015 12:17:00 PM
    Keeping hold of recollections such as this one gives us something to fall on to when the present is looking gloomy. Congrats on your fine win, Tim. // paul

  1. Date: 6/9/2015 11:46:00 AM
    Tim. Congratulations on your awesome win. HUGS **SKAT**

  1. Date: 6/9/2015 8:34:00 AM
    Those are the memories we cherish and are blessed to have. I remember well those lazy summer days spent fishing or swimming at our favorite spot. Congrats on your win, great poem!

  1. Date: 6/9/2015 5:04:00 AM
    Beautiful memories Tim many congrats on your win:-) Hugs jan xx

  1. Date: 6/8/2015 9:16:00 PM
    I enjoyed reading your nostalgic write, Tim! Congrats on your win! Love, Kim

  1. Date: 6/8/2015 5:32:00 PM
    good memories Tim keep them close congrats on 3rd place hugs

  1. Date: 4/12/2015 3:07:00 AM
    Hola Tim, congratulations on your beautiful win... HUGS ~LINDA~

  1. Date: 4/6/2015 10:47:00 AM
    So beautiful and nostalgic, Tim. Congratulations on your fine win! Sandra

  1. Date: 4/5/2015 8:48:00 PM
    Congratulations on your well deserved win Tim. This write activited all my senses. A Fav!

  1. Date: 4/5/2015 7:18:00 PM
    A very lovely poem, Tim! This tender recalling brings back so many good memories of summer days spent at Grandma's house... Congrats on your win!

  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.