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Where Yesterday Walks With Me

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Where Yesterday Walks With Me

"My yesterdays walk with me. 
They keep step, 
They are gray faces that peer over my shoulder."

Heavy on my mind, I search the laden book of names
And heavy was the lot, of those who tilled the loam
Color of the prairie earth, would change from rust to gold
As Kansas dust, would furrow brows 
and flourish, row, by row

I feel within my heart, sharp splinters from the plow
The weight of shoulders, tiring
From lifting me
Long before my hour came

Oh, for the power of these words 
To learn the names, that held the brush
That paints for me
This tree of life

Bound in leather, bound in love, a family's footsteps, read 
I feel the trace, in pages spread
Names inscribed, of birth and death
Of children lost, of hearts that bled

I feel the sense of who I am
Between the threads 
Frayed and thin, within these bindings
Yet holding firm
Confirming what’s been said
By generational latitudes
Linking me to names I never knew

"My yesterdays walk with me. 
They keep step,
They are gray faces that peer over my shoulder."

(Quoted by William Golding NY Times)
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  1. Date: 12/13/2012 6:13:00 PM
    Very nice job here Carrie. You really did a good job with this fine quote! Merry Christmas, RAY

  1. Date: 12/11/2012 3:39:00 PM
    I so love reading of where you live and your family it's always so magical!Congrad's on your win. Happy hoildays. Light & Love

  1. Date: 12/11/2012 10:02:00 AM
    Congratulationd on your win Carrie:-)

  1. Date: 12/11/2012 4:40:00 AM
    Congrats on your winning spot Carrie love xx

  1. Date: 12/10/2012 10:17:00 PM
    Carrie, Congratulations with your winning poem... always~PD

  1. Date: 12/10/2012 9:03:00 PM
    Magic from the Jayhawks best--neverfail mastery Carrie!!

  1. Date: 12/10/2012 8:30:00 PM
    I just wandered in here and have no idea where you placed in the contest, but it surely deserves the top spot, without even seeing the other entries. So lovely, Carrie. What talent you have and you always share from the heart. Hugs, Cyndi

  1. Date: 12/10/2012 8:07:00 PM
    Congratulation for the contest Carrie..Bravo!!! awesome work <3<3<3 SK