FINI

Alas, alas,

I bid you adieu,

’till next year,

with poetry a new,

we go our separate ways,

into our separate days,

alas, alas,

I bow to you!

 

Michellia Wilson 8/14/2016

 

SAVED

I was ten years old,
weather was finally warm and my sister
and I began talkin’ about things really deep;
God and heaven and hell and dyin’,
where we would go if we did die and
would we be in heaven with Great Grandma –
Those were the days God entered my heart
and has never left,
only grown into the spirit that keeps me right
in a combustible world.
Michellia D. Wilson 8/13/2016

RURAL ROUTE 5

box 27 to be exact,
on a road also called Old 31,
I lived there happily for more than
twelve years –
until my Grandfather decided to retire from
the police department and move South;
I was never so upset as to be uprooted from
everything I knew to move two states South,
where people had a drawl that I could barely
understand,
almost like moving to a new country;
my Grandmother was not happy to uproot her
Hoosier self and move to Tennessee where the
dirt was red and moved like balls of clay;
nothing smelled better than Indiana dirt.
The move was shock,
but we adjusted and it wasn’t long until our new
life was acclimated and churched.

Michellia D. Wilson 8/14/2015

HOG KILLIN’

he had a name –
Arnold, from the TV show, Green Acres;
he was a black and white pig that just came
walkin’ on our place when I was about
nine years old;
my Grandparents built him a pen and
fed him every day,
things that smelled bad but that pig
would gobble up that slop that
made me want to puke.

He grew. He matured. We were poor.
Hog killin’ day came and I remember
going to Arnold’s pen early the morning
of his death –
I talked to him like he was my best friend…
the next thing I remember is the red puddle
left where he used to live and my family
processing this sow into winter provisions.
I couldn’t eat pork for two years, fearing I may
consume some part of Arnold.

Michellia D. Wilson 8/14/2016

HOLLYHOCKS

the prettiest flowers in our yard
grew in a row against the first shed;
light purples and long green stalks,
we kids would pick them and make
flower dolls with the Hollyhock skirts
adorning the delicate knobby head.

I’ve not been blessed to see a Hollyhock
since childhood, but I remember well
their unique foliage, tender flowering pods and
light smell.
Michellia D. Wilson 8/14/2016

RAILROAD TRACKS

on the back side of our property was a fence row,
and on the other side of that row was a railroad track;
berries grew on the fence and my Grandmother would
drag us back there to help her pluck those precious fruits
each season;
sometimes we would climb the fence and walk the rails –
picking u p spikes for our collection,
sometime my Grandmother,
always keen,
would know that danger loomed and scurry us
back over the fence,
then minutes later a train would clunk over the track
and toot a lonely toot for dirty children waving
on the fence line.

Michellia D. Wilson 8/14/2016

BLACK WALNUTS

my least favorite garden garnishment
to harvest;
unlike pecans which just fall from the tree ready to crack,
black walnuts grow in thick green coats,
that turn black when mature;
the only way to harvest the delectable snack is to
peel that dark, staining coat off the nut.

My hands turned black and it was as permanent as
thick tar or black paint and just as unpleasant as anything
I can recall as I think over all the things we harvested;

but nothing can replace the memories of the great desserts
that showcased these nutty fruits.
Michellia D. Wilson 8/14/2016

MAPLE TREE

Grandma took the hand auger,
chose just the right bit,
cut a piece of green garden hose,
just the right length,
got a pail and went to work;
she drilled a hole in the maple tree
in the back yard, careful to only
pierce through bark to tree meat,
tapped that piece of water hose
in the hole she made,
hung the bucket on the hose
and waited…
I don’t remember how many days it took,
but sap came seeping out of that tree
and she gathered her catch,
took the bucket and made something
with the sticky glob she carefully collected.

Michellia D. Wilson 8/14/2016

RHUBARB

bitter is what I remember,
growing stoutly against the leaning barn,
broad green leaves with
familiar red stalks,
a row of healthy fruit
that Grandma would sweeten
and make pies for Sunday dinner.

Michellia D. Wilson 8/13/2016

TRAILER LIFE

back home again,
at the trailer,
and it seems that I can see –
the gleaming street light,
still shining bright,
by the curb for me,
the fresh cut grass,
sends out it’s fragrance,
on the streets I used to roam,
when I think about the
street light on the corner,
then I long for my Aluminum Home.

Michellia D. Wilson 8/16/2016

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