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Sarah Anne Loudin Thomas


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.





Sarah Loudin Thomas grew up on a 100-acre farm in French Creek, West Virginia, the seventh generation to live there. Her historical fiction is often set in West Virginia and celebrates the people, land, and heritage of Appalachia. Sarah is the director of Jan Karon's Mitford Museum in Hudson, North Carolina. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from Coastal Carolina university and is the author of the acclaimed novels The Right Kind of Fool, winner of the 2021 Selah Book of the Year, and Miracle in a Dry Season, winner of the 2015 Inspy Award. Sarah has also been a finalist for the Christy Award, the ACFW Carol Award and the Christian Book of the Year Award. She and her husband live in western North Carolina.


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I agree, lovely poem, wonderful ending ~. Judy
Posted 01/08/2015 01:49 PM
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
Definitely can picture this scene. Something I like to do, too.
Posted 01/08/2015 12:02 PM
Yeah, I like very much how it turned out! Very nice!
Posted 01/08/2015 08:56 AM
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

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