Thursday, January 8, 2009

Southern Moon

I ain’t too close and ain’t too far,
white lightnin’ from a mason jar,
seen my sister? She’s a star,
catchin’ out a parlor car -
tip a hat to the southern moon.

I seen Grandma Moses ferried
(I know why the rabbit tarried)
I seen Elvis get remarried
(I know where the money’s buried)
can’t hide from the southern moon.

I seen more debauchery
than three of me’d care to see -
out ‘neath the honeylocust tree
the devil stacks his dowry
by the light of the ol’ southern moon.

I seen Richmond torched and torn,
I heard Satchmo blow his horn,
the dyin’ and the barely born
is mad as magpies in the corn
lookin’ up at the low southern moon.

I ain’t concerned about your lot,
or what your mamma said you ought -
just once, before your farm is bought,
throw back your head
give all you got
howlin' up at the full southern moon.


last unicorn said...

"I ain’t too close and ain’t too far"

It's just right there where you are


strange game of hide'n seek
with the moon, over the creek

K.Lawson Gilbert said...

Ha Ha!!

Love it - Love it - Love it!!

I think, you just wrote my biography. *?*

I admire your work so very much!

-confessional- said...

"before your farm is bought"

How sad and true. I am originally from the South, and I have seen so many of our beautiful farms being sold to make way for housing and commercial development. We are losing some of our agricultural heritage. I don't know if that's how you meant that phrase, but that's what it made me think. :)

Love your poem. Reminds me of home. Thanks for sharing.

Julie said...

Love it! I had the same reaction that confessional had. Such beautiful imagery. I particularly love your last stanza and howlin' at the moon!

trooping with crows said...

I love the all the culture of the south! This poem is truly wonderful I love the subject and the language. You are a gifted writer---

Moanerplicity said...

You make life beneath that southern moon feel like a place where anything can happen, and much of it intriguing. *smiles* LOVED your rhyme schemes throughout this piece! You made sweet music and enchanting visuals, too!



Karen said...

This is great! As a West Virginia girl, I can totally relate...

I loved the rhythm - very southern!