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Song in the Dark

There are legends I've heard, old songs in the dark
of the old folklore tales, and the old gypsy trails,
where traveling caravans of rugged old wagons
still echo, with longing, in valleys below...

Where each treasured belonging,
was packed in a hurry 
all the stories, all the worry, all the heartache would travel
all the sunshine, and the sorrow, celebrations to marvel
and  dreams of tomorrow, were kept on the road....

The trail was a friend, and the loam was their home
Their needs were quite small,
For,  they didn't expect, to be wealthy or rich.
All the riches they had, were scarce and so few...but they knew
that happiness could be the sun on your back, or a sky, wide and blue...
Not much to expect,  and not even respect...
would be theirs to be owned.

As the twilight would come, under a red setting sun,
with the fragrance of loam, and the tired walk done... 
they would bed under trees where the heather was strewn
they would burn a small fire, and prepare a warm meal,
with smoke in the breeze, while the whippoorwill's song 
and accordion tunes, would drift by the face of the moon

On their heels was the dust, in the noontime sun
They rose with the dawn, and the gold of the past, 
wearing the colorful hope of tomorrow's new task 
Working wherever a meal, and dollar would come
Then moving again with their band until dusk
over, and over and over again...

Some called them tramps, and some called them small thieves
But the heart of the matter, was the love of the sun,
the love of the life that came from the moon,
from the stars, and the grass, and the rust of the leaves

For those who encountered, and who gave them a chance
could learn many things by watching them dance,
and learn many things by hearing them sing,
and pay close attention to how much they knew
that fortune is something that comes from inside
It comes with the pride, of knowing what matters
The tattered, lost life of the old gypsy tribes  ....
      might be the saddest of stories, or loneliest song... 
                    a song that has faded,
                                that has dwindled and died....

5/18/12   2nd place in PD's "Epic" contest

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  1. Date: 3/21/2014 7:58:00 PM
    Such a rich, sad & long history, I think there still are Traveler's in the UK & EU? Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 3/21/2014 7:17:00 PM
    I remember when they came through and Daddy let them bed down on our land. I thought they must have a wonderful life. Well done as always Carrie. Congratulations. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 3/21/2014 3:43:00 PM
    IT's a FAV! Love it! "[...] was the love of the sun,/ the love of the life that came from the moon,/ from the stars and the grass, and the rust of the leaves"!! B-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l-! Congratulations on your win! Ruben.

  1. Date: 3/21/2014 3:05:00 PM
    Congrats Carrie. Loved this poem with its imagery taking us back through time. // paul

  1. Date: 3/21/2014 1:52:00 PM
    I'm far from gypsy at heart, but, can feel and see the picture you paint with this effort, Congratulations, RAY

  1. Date: 3/21/2014 11:40:00 AM
    you give darkness a new meaning, carrie... a deep write!.. sweet congrats!,, huggs

  1. Date: 3/21/2014 10:56:00 AM
    Hi Carrie, I was quite carried away with thoughts of olden times you evoked in your excellent portrayal. Congrats on your win. Regards Theresa xx

  1. Date: 3/21/2014 6:33:00 AM
    It was a pleasure to read the poem you consider your favorite and best. Congratulations on the win, carrie

  1. Date: 2/14/2014 7:51:00 PM
    This is almost a forgotten era. Your poem brings it back to life. There was a kind of mystery, a touch of class and a freedom in those tribes that few will ever know. Guess if I can't look at Norman Rockwell, I can read your poetry and get the same effect.

  1. Date: 9/25/2013 4:32:00 PM
    Wow! I really enjoyed the story you told here. I loved the rhymes, and the imagery was also amazing. This was a great entry for the "epic" contest. Congratulations on your win, as well! Excellent work, Carrie!...Thank you for the nice comments, once again!

  1. Date: 9/25/2013 6:25:00 AM
    - I looked into the past winners list .. where I found this .... a second place!! - Well deserved!! - CONGRATULATIONS, CARRIE !!! - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 9/25/2013 4:27:00 AM
    Congrats on the win in the contest, Carrie

  1. Date: 9/24/2013 7:20:00 PM
    since I first started reading this, the song "gypsy's, Tramps and Thieves" has been playing in my tell this tale beautifully in your unique poetic style...congrats on your win :)

  1. Date: 9/24/2013 6:46:00 PM
    A beautiful epic and so well retold, Carrie, congratulations on your well deserved win xxx

  1. Date: 9/24/2013 5:19:00 PM
    true romany gypsy's are wonderful people with great honor you do them proud congrats on win in epic contest Shadow x smile

  1. Date: 9/24/2013 4:52:00 PM
    Nice win Carrie.......Congrats................. Love~SKAT~

  1. Date: 9/24/2013 12:03:00 PM
    Beautiful. Congrats on the win. I particularly liked the line: 'As the twilight would come, under a red setting sun, with the fragrance of loam, and the tired walk done...' - just lovely imagery here. Well done. Shane

  1. Date: 9/24/2013 11:32:00 AM
    Carrie, , :)Congratulations!!! Thanks for supporting my EPIC contest with this amazing deep imagery. Exactly what I was looking for. If you'd like:-) stop by my latest poem ""In The Stars"" OR my latest blog! " Wartime Memories " at -----> always & forever **LINDA

  1. Date: 5/28/2012 4:08:00 PM
    I really enjoyed yours. I love how you included nature and their love of sun and moon. How you very easily got the other words into it: tramps and theives. sure wish I'd thought of that. Congrats!

  1. Date: 5/24/2012 11:42:00 PM
    congrats on your fascinating win, carrie.:) huggs!