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Sarah Anne Loudin Thomas


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When the trail gave us up,
he was there—just sitting
in a pickup that carried
stories in dents and dings,
scrapes and scratches telling
of good times gone not so.

Propping the door open
he leaned into the vee
of windshield and door.
“You seen a man and a dog
up there in the pasture?”

No, but never mind, it was just
an opening for other words
to slide through—words like
family and woods and used-to-be.
And so we stood
and we talked.
Companionable. Companions.
No introductions,
no bandying about of names, just
kinship like the air between us.

The afternoon breeze whispered,
"This is how the world was meant to be.
This is how we were meant to be in it.”

2008 by Sarah Anne Loudin Thomas
Used with the author's permission.

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Sarah Loudin Thomas grew up on a 100-acre farm in French Creek, West Virginia, the seventh generation to live there. Her writing celebrates the people, land, and heritage of Appalachia, and her first novel, Miracle in a Dry Season, was released in August 2014. Sarahcurrently oversees fundraising and communications for a Christian children's home in Black Mountain, NC. She and her husband Jim live in the mountains of Western North Carolina, where Sarahis active in her local church and enjoys cooking and reading.


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Dorcas:
It reminds me of one of the last Mountain Men. He won a prize for a story that he told. Mountain brilliance, real living but, just a story added to my life.
Posted 01/08/2015 04:52 PM
transitions:
I agree, lovely poem, wonderful ending ~. Judy
Posted 01/08/2015 01:49 PM
anne.lehman2929@att.net:
How could a lovely scene go bad? Yet, I had a twist in my stomach until the last stanza. Then I sighed and smiled--a lovely journey's end.
Posted 01/08/2015 12:30 PM
msruff:
Definitely can picture this scene. Something I like to do, too.
Posted 01/08/2015 12:02 PM
dotief@comcast.net:
Yeah, I like very much how it turned out! Very nice!
Posted 01/08/2015 08:56 AM
paradea:
This poem could have gone so many different ways from the title and first stanza. Glad to see this is the way it went.
Posted 01/08/2015 07:33 AM
Katrina:
This is a beautiful poem. I have nothing to add to that.
Posted 01/08/2015 05:58 AM


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