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Appalachian Homecoming

You were born here, Blue Ridge foothills, spirits of Cherokee in Appalachia's olden heart and veins, Scots-Irish influence of beloved bluegrass, moonshine of the drinking kind, your grandmother's white farmhouse, she fried okra better than anyone, grew an acre of tobacco, and loved the Lord. Your childhood wasn't blessed, you had to leave in your youth, to another southern state of beauty, Virginia, where we met, we wed, weren't wealthy, yet, our daughter is our glory, son-in-law, and grandchildren gifts she gave us, we returned to your birthplace years ago, then you passed, not quite elderly, Appalachian homecoming, as banjos and dulcimers play softly.

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Date: 2/18/2021 6:39:00 AM
Regina, I can almost smell the okra. The places we come from that will always be called, and calling us home. -Richard
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Date: 2/12/2021 3:48:00 PM
Regina, enjoyed reading. Hugs Eve
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Date: 2/12/2021 9:27:00 AM
A truly wonderful and positive poem about family home and the importance of holding dear that which makes us and gives us a true grounding in life. A fav.. God bless...
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Regina Elliott
Date: 2/12/2021 2:00:00 PM
Thank you so much, Robert. Fair Winds & Smooth Seas. God's blessings to you. ~
Date: 2/11/2021 7:34:00 AM
Not from the Appalachians although I've been in East Tennessee for nearly 25 years. Judging from those I know the roots are deep here. God, family and music are all important to the area. Great poem, I especially liked the last line. John
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Regina Elliott
Date: 2/11/2021 12:27:00 PM
There's a lot of history here. Starting from the Cherokee nation, then settlers, Civil War, the Vanderbilt's and their beauteous Biltmore Estate, and the art, music, restaurant scenes. Thank you so much, J, for stopping by. I always look forward to hearing from other poets. :-)
Date: 2/11/2021 4:15:00 AM
LOVE LOVE LOVE this... I'm from a place close to Asheville... Blue Ridge born and raised and lived here my whole life... my husband was in a bluegrass band in his youth... Love this. God bless you and your Appalachian roots. Love and prayers, Gina
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Regina Elliott
Date: 2/11/2021 5:18:00 AM
Wow, I'm so happy you love this poem, Regina! By the grace of God, I still live in the Asheville area with my daughter and her little family. There's not another place I'd rather be. Glad to hear you come from this region too! God bless you, always ~