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Old Time Appalachians

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Old Time Appalachians

Old time Appalachians deep within the hollows.
Self-sufficient, hard working, fine mountain folks
With farming, barn raising, and crafting skills,
Logging, mining and music to pleasure the ear.

Devoted to family, kin gathering they do.
Faith in the wisdom of their elders is seen.
Church going and revivals, strengthening their beliefs,
Appalachians are dignified, spirited mountain folks.

Gathering of families, generations of kin.
Folk music, old songs blended with time.
Mountain twanged voices singing out songs-
Flatfoot or clog dancing, kicking up heels,
Fiddle picking, foot stomping, hand slapping thighs,
Ballads of life's struggles, celebrations and griefs,
Brought over by immigrants generations ago.
Brings a sense of home for the young and the old.



A dedication to a friend of mine.

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  1. Date: 3/10/2013 11:54:00 PM

    Beautiful write Connie! I love how the descriptions of these unique people flows smoothly. Nicely done!

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve Date: 3/11/2013 12:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Vicky for your delightful comment and for stopping by. Warm Smiles I send your way. Connie
  1. Date: 3/10/2013 7:59:00 PM

    Amazing people and amazing poem Connie...great job...Donna

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve Date: 3/11/2013 1:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Donna for stopping in and for your delightful comment. Warm Smiles I send your way. Connie
  1. Date: 3/10/2013 5:37:00 PM

    They sound like very wise people, earthy and magnificent, glad you shared this, and thank you for your kind support, re my poems xxx

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve Date: 3/11/2013 1:01:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Mystic I always enjoy stopping in to read your wonderful poems. Thanks for your delightful comment. Warm Smiles I send your way. Connie
  1. Date: 3/10/2013 2:18:00 PM

    this seems to show that you know a LOT about these people. Fascinating , connie!! I enjoyed this.

  1. Date: 3/10/2013 1:16:00 PM

    This is a wonderful dedication to your friend of yours my friend! I truly loved reading this amazing poem this afternoon! What an astonishing piece, Great Work!!