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Brenda Kay Ledford



Off a beaten path,
Moses’ bush burning.
Mushrooms form a ring
of white on the ground.
A scent of ripeness,
vines crisscross a rock wall.
Fox grapes plop offerings
to woodland creatures.
Gum Log and Brasstown Creeks merge,
a thousand diamonds on ripples.
River cane hugs the banks,
cattails shake their bronze heads.
Far from the village,
only the whistled notes
of a nuthatch break the silence;
the honeysuckle spreads fragrance.
Copyright by Brenda Kay Ledford.
Used with the author's permission.


Award-winning poet Brenda Kay Ledford is a native of Clay County, NC. Brenda earned her Master of Arts in Education from Western Carolina University and went on to study Journalism at the University of Tennessee and TriCounty Community College. Author of three books, Brenda's favorite subject matter is her Smoky Mountain heritage. Her primary themes are nature, a sense of place, and family. Visit her blog at 



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Offerings for all humanity. How grateful we should be.
Posted 08/27/2014 01:15 PM
You brought me halfway across the state with those strong images!
Posted 08/26/2014 08:24 AM
Brenda makes this place sound so lovely, especially the final stanza.
Posted 08/26/2014 08:08 AM

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