Outlasting Generations

the ruts in this road lead to
daffodils that still bloom in America
where children chase
chickens ’round grandma’s farm
and catch crawdads in spring
creek with bacon bobby pinned
to a piece of string

the ruts in this road end at
the homestead that once
stood with chimney strong
outlasting generations
of bib-overalls waving on the line
like the only flag left
in some dumb war

the ruts in this road sing
Guthrie songs
of coming and going
of this land is your land
of pies cooling on cypress sills
of red barns and Saturday
nights with the radio
of patchwork quilts
on three dog nights
of making soap with mama
of cleaning fish with dad
of getting washed clean
on Sunday morning
enough to last a week

the ruts in this road
with hat pulled down
and weathered hands
strum one last song
of daffodils that still bloom
in America

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14 Responses to Outlasting Generations

  1. joefelso says:

    I love the relentless, chugging pace of this one. It’s compelling from start to finish.

  2. leigh lear says:

    this is fantastic, i loved it.

  3. very evocative, I like the mention of Guthrie songs

  4. johemmant says:

    of getting washed clean
    on Sunday morning
    enough to last a week

    great this. Well done.

  5. Scot says:

    D
    thanks for the kind comment

  6. Scot says:

    leigh
    thanks for stopping in

  7. Scot says:

    Jo
    ah, the little white church in the dell

  8. Scot says:

    Craft Green poet
    Thanks for the kind words

  9. Paul says:

    Brilliant again. You are just showing amazing range in terms of the poem a day thing. Absolutely stunning in that is all done with a single and distinctive voice, they are all clearly Scot Young poems but they capture such different moods, landscapes, rhythms, fantastic anyway, just put them together and there is a book,

  10. Scot says:

    Thanks Paul
    traveled the back roads the other day and saw daffodils blooming everywhere an old farm house once stood–nothing left but these flowers–seemed sad.

  11. QuoinMonkey says:

    This takes me back to a simpler time. It creates a longing for when things were much slower. My favorite lines:

    the ruts in this road end at
    the homestead that once
    stood with chimney strong
    outlasting generations
    of bib-overalls waving on the line
    like the only flag left
    in some dumb war

  12. Scot says:

    QM
    thanks for the read

  13. JO says:

    I love the way you were driving and got inspired, bringing it home and writing this wonderful poem.

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