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A Wooden Cross

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A Wooden Cross

~A Wooden Cross~


South of Lafayette on interstate 65
I saw a wooden cross.

The roadside monument,
weathered and grey,
was a tribute to a loved one
who lost his life in a car crash.

At 70 mph I only saw it for an instant,
yet it was time enough to see
the cowboy hat that proudly perched
on the weathered wooden cross.

I didn’t know the cowboy nor his wife.
I didn’t attend the funeral.
But for just an instant I felt
both the sorrow and the love that poured

from the weathered wooden cross
with cowboy hat on interstate 65.

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  1. Date: 1/29/2011 7:49:00 AM
    Seconds of time in our life bring forth so many meaningful feelings for the world and the inhabitants..Your presence at my work was like a ray of sunshine that lifted my spirits..I hope that only six more weeks and spring thaw will be come and gone..Sara

  1. Date: 1/3/2011 5:21:00 AM
    What a way to start out my New Year reading such exceptional poetry. Thank you for starting the new year out with us sharing your wonderful poetry James. It has been sometime since you last posted. Love, Carol