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The Eclectic Pen - You Can Never Go Back

By: Lisa C. (IrishHillbilly)   + 8 more  
Date Submitted: 4/26/2007
Last Updated: 4/26/2007
Genre: Literature & Fiction » Poetry
Words: 298

  Goats in a cave beside a two-lane dirt track of a road
A tangled collage of ragweed and sumac jutting out of the hillside
Back in time at least fifty years, to a quieter place
Bear Branch and Homebrew Holler - rutted out old roads
Leading to places, vanished or banished to the distant past
Yet we are looking for a home

As we journey, I peek into my imagination and I see
Our mother, a skinny young girl, with her long red hair
Pulled back and tied with a faded but precious scrap of pink ribbon
Three little boys toddling around in the small grassy yard,
One hanging onto her dress with grubby, chubby fingers
She's just a girl, yet forced to be a woman

What are we looking for older brother? I wonder
Is this familiar to you, or just a vague faded memory of days gone by
A time when we tried to be a family, but somehow failed so miserably?
We are searching for your memories, not mine
I am the baby mother gave away, because she couldn't take care of one more
God had other plans for me

An old white clapboard church at the mouth of Bear Branch,
That's where the snake handler's worshipped God, we've heard
You say you remember being there, I doubt it, but what do I know
About your past?
It's so green in these hollers, and so quiet, the crickets are so loud;
The car seems out of place, and out of time, kind of eerie, even

I don't think we'll find the old home place, dear brother
We are unprepared; your memories are just small wisps of forgotten hope
And I'm too young to remember those times
I believe the sad fact is, the old home place has disappeared forever,
Perhaps only to survive in the memories of mother, dad, and you,
And besides, like they say, "You can never go back".

08/22/91 LSF

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IONE L. (zaneygraylady) - 4/26/2007 10:22 PM ET
love love love it
Marta J. (booksnob) - 4/27/2007 9:19 AM ET
This literally made me cry. Wow!
Jim H. (Pecos45) - 4/30/2007 2:28 AM ET
Most of us try to go back...only to be rebuffed. "Back there" has changed and so have we. :( Enjoyed your images.
Kristine S. (NHBookLover) - 5/5/2007 10:44 AM ET
Sad..........memorable. Maybe memories should stay just that as things never to be how we recall them. K
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