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A poem about growing up in the country

Updated on May 27, 2013

In My Tribe

In my tribe we prefer the touch of

Mother Earth on our bare feet to the

shackles of shoes or straight jacket socks.

In my tribe we eat simply beneath the clouds

bread in one hand, cheese in the other,

a bottle of wine between our knees.

In my tribe days are thirty hours long,

not because we wish to be more productive

but so we may ponder all we chose to ignore

with our backs against a worn tree trunk,

our eyes lost in some distant clump of cat tails,

drumming fingers keeping time with the sparrows.

In my tribe everything is precious,

gathered and kept with five year old glee

including the autumn sheddings of trees

which we cup and cast over the water's edge,

not out of remembrance or thanks but

simply because we wish to.


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      6 years ago

      a great tribe indeed, i love the leaves standing as feathers!

      Only a brilliant mind can draw up this kind of creativity and sensibility. Thank you for that poem

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      6 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

      Yes, please feel free to share and thanks for letting me know. Happy autumn to you, too :-)

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      That is one lovely tribe poem. I love your photograph. I would like to share your this poem Darryl on my Facebook Poetry page ~ Passionate Poetry so many others may read it. Thank you.

      I love the imagery of your poetry especially the cupping of autumn leaves casting them over the water's edge. Happy Autumn to you!

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      6 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

      Sorry to hear about the cold. :-(

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      6 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

      Cheers, Valleypoet :-)

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      6 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

      You're welcome. Thanks for stopping by :-)

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. I had a tribe. They are all gone now and I have a cold.

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      6 years ago

      That is one tribe I would love to join...a joy to read, as always. Thanks Darryl:-))

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      6 years ago from United States

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful poem.


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