Alabama – 10 (of 10)

(Part 10 and last) I wonder who might live out there, And what might be their weight of care; For those few moments, I will stare, Then these thoughts pass, They always pass. I wonder back to long ago, And why things turned exactly so And why we’ve still so far to go, Then these … Continue reading "Alabama – 10 (of 10)"

Alabama – 9 (of 10)

(Part 9) Over the years, I’ve told Many Alabama stories on this blog. Of theatrical performances, Of near-loves, and mis-loves, and camping trips; Of drives in the country, and trips to the city; Of memories, and other people’s lives. Through them, I want to show The unity of experience people have. For many of us, … Continue reading "Alabama – 9 (of 10)"

Alabama – 8 (of 10)

(Part 8) Life needs water, and It’s better to irrigate than To arrogate. (   Selfishness is… odd, because   None of us likes it when   Practiced by others.   Selflessness, too, is odd, because   Many people feel so little   Natural inclination towards it.                 … Continue reading "Alabama – 8 (of 10)"

Alabama – 7 (of 10)

(Part 7) I wandered the detritus of And old deserted farm; Abandoned places, I have found, Are not without their charm — It’s just off of 331, A little north of Brantley: I had a walking stick in hand, For this can well be chancy, But more for dogs, than anything. I clambered over rubble … Continue reading "Alabama – 7 (of 10)"

Alabama – 6 (of 10)

(Part 6) Unitasking: that is is this year’s theme. It was the best-I-could-come-up-with scheme For maybe less anxiety and stress, And being more by trying, doing less. The hay is in the barn, and now some care Is taken for it’s safety; it’s the phase Where farmers must be cautious and beware, For barn-burner’s not … Continue reading "Alabama – 6 (of 10)"

Alabama – 5 (of 10)

(Part 5) Past the river, out near Butler, My best friend was getting married. He said, “turn by the power lines,” But we got lost out somewhere out in a field. By the time we got there, People were mostly gathered for The rehearsal: the bride And her four sisters, (Including her twin, and Another … Continue reading "Alabama – 5 (of 10)"

Alabama – 4 (of 10)

(Part 4) It’s summer on the lake — My friends are laughing down the way; I am beneath a tree, And full of reading. The splashes off the dock Intrude a little in my thoughts, My smiling thoughts, As into space I go, though intermittent. I sip some water, then Put down my bottle, doff … Continue reading "Alabama – 4 (of 10)"

Alabama – 3 (of 10)

(Part 3 – “Tuskegee”) The word means “warrior”. It’s on a sign That says this is the forest of that name; The rain’s still falling here and there, and I Look down the long and swaying rows of trees That I will not be entering today. The town is just nearby: it’s famous for The … Continue reading "Alabama – 3 (of 10)"

Alabama – 2 (of 10)

(Part 2) D.G. Sipsey needs the clouds. He needs them not too often, nor too rarely, And his wheat and hay and soy all take theirs In differing proportions. Like his dad, And his dad’s dad, he farms, And farming is a dangerous existence. Too early and you’re ruined, Too late and it’s no good; … Continue reading "Alabama – 2 (of 10)"