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Homegrown

Updated on June 4, 2014

Homegrown

by Laura Summerville Reed


The place where my heart

was homegrown is

torn up,

torn down

razed to the ground

People and places can slip through your hands

It’s no longer my town

but I’ve eaten my pound of dirt here

so it owns a part of me still

I return to cultivate the loamy mix

running through my veins

I wander with the kudzu

no destination for these roots

just resiliency and time

I drive familiar curves and straight-aways

With the roadmap etched Into my mind

and in my hands that grip the wheel

Like a fortune teller reading in reverse

The present becomes an indistinct penumbra

eclipsed by the passing of days

These sun dappled rolling byways sprinkle freckled laughter

across a sixteen year old girl’s smiling face

Her hand is on your knee

her heart is in the back seat

and her eyes are straight ahead


©LSR 2010

Graves County, Ky court house
Graves County, Ky court house

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    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR

      lalesu 

      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      SilverGenes, I'm so glad you stopped by to read my little rumination. Thank you for the wonderful compliment, it means a great deal to me.

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      SilverGenes 

      8 years ago

      You weave an entire story and all the emotion that goes with it into a few lyrical lines - you are a truly gifted poet and storyteller.

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR

      lalesu 

      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Habee, so nice to see you and thank you!

      Dear Winsome, I can't think of a better traveling companion! It's my pleasure to have you along for the journey. Thank you, kind sir.

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      Winsome 

      8 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      I'm glad I did not know your story so that I could hear it from the lips of the poet drifter--to feel the dirt, see the broken boards, smell the heady air, hear the traveling music and beat with the restless heart. Another sweet chapter in the Laura road trip--my bags are packed and ready for the next one. =:)

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Wonderful poem! Loved the images, too!

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR

      lalesu 

      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Nellieanna, I love your commentaries on my poetry. To see my writing through others' eyes is truly a special thing, thank you so very, very much...and "mistress of poetry", Oh! My goodness! How will I ever live up to that! I can't do it, dear lady.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      As soon as I saw the title of your hub on the email announcement, I knew it was going to be good. Little did i know HOW good it would be.

      Laura - you are the mistress of poetry. You capture the imagination, but never without the touch of reality which keeps it possible - the "hands that grip the wheel", then the imagery of the fortune teller in reverse. It is giving me goosebumps - again!

      And I have some Kentucky memories. It's a very special place. Thanks again for giving us your lovely words.

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      lalesu 

      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Hello, Micky, if you heard the way I talk, you'd probably say, "It owns ALL of you still!" LOL. Thank you for riding by, it's always a pleasure!

      James, I'm so glad you like this bit of sentiment and nonsense, both here, and on my profile, thank you so very much.

      Wayne Brown, It's been a year since I've been back to this place. Most of these lines I've had written on scraps of random paper stuffed here and there all this time. (I have a bad habit of writing on receipts and such as I drive, lol.) This isn't a very grand piece, but you are right, time sure passes quickly and those scraps of paper were starting to fade. I figured I'd better get them into some sort of order. Your commentaries never disappoint. For those who don't read poetry you should always be the post script so that everyone could have the "Ah ha! I get it." moment at the end. Thank you, my dear friend.

      And thank you, AP, it was my pleasure.

      Epigramman and Wayne Brown, you laud the praises of my smile so, I almost forget why I'm here, LOL!

      That I am a daily requirement on your reading list, EG is reason enough for me to smile, thank you, my good man!

      I will keep smiling so long as Wayne Brown continues to write my poetic overviews, thank you, kind sir!

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Yes, Laura, it's true, you could make an orthodontist cry in the face of perfection and make the Osmonds swoon with gree-eyed envy. The Mona Lisa is already out trying to get her teeth cleaned I hear. Keep smiling! WB

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      epigramman 

      8 years ago

      Be it ever so humble there's no place like home - and no place like your hubs - and of course - it's a daily requirement to come and see the smile which defeated the Mona Lisa!

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      David Walston 

      8 years ago from The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) (m-M)_0 = 18.41, or 48 kpc (~157,000

      I love where this one took me.

      Thank you

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Time passes so much faster than we realize. What seemed so permanent is suddenly gone. Still there but gone. Visible but out of reach. Yet we still remember how it felt to our touch and now our hearts long for it all the more. A part of us wants it back for it contains our memories, our past, our footprints, our all. It is gone but not lost and it still beckons to our senses when we come near. Listen closely and hear the murmur of past times and see the images of gone years dance in the familiar surroundings. Nice write, Laura. WB

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      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      Very nice poetry, my dear. I just love what you wrote on your profile page too.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      "it owns a part of me still"- These places will always own a piece. Thank you!

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR

      lalesu 

      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Hello, BAD! So glad you stopped by and thank you so much, your comments and compliments are truly appreciated.

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      billyaustindillon 

      8 years ago

      Awesome imagery of going back and seeing all the changes and then coming back to the current feelings - off to read more of your work.

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR

      lalesu 

      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Hello, Delores, so nice to meet you and have you visit my page. Thank you very much, on all counts!

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      Dolores Monet 

      8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Beautiful poem and awesome imagery. I love the photo too and it serves the poem well.

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR

      lalesu 

      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Oh! Sam, you honor me, and make me smile with your unbelievably kind compliment. I am truly grateful to be so well received. Thank you.

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      samboiam 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Laura, this was absolutely awesome.

      "Like a fortune teller reading in reverse The present becomes an indistinct penumbra eclipsed by the passing of days."

      You are an unbelievable writer. I am so glad you have graced Hubpages with your presence.

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR

      lalesu 

      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Good!!! Now I feel so much better! and it's a good thing the freckles and back seat remain in my memories, otherwise, I fear it would be labeled "sun damage and wanton ways" at this point, LOL!!

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      ralwus 

      8 years ago

      LOL I read evry word and line, the freckles and back seat just kinda stuck. hahaha

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR

      lalesu 

      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Charlie, I might have known - that's probably the only line you read, lol! Regardless, I'm glad you're here, my dear man! ;)

      Augustine, thank you so much. You know how much I value your opinion.

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      Augustine A Zavala 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Transcends time and space. Awesome...

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      ralwus 

      8 years ago

      freckled girl in the backseat, ahhh the days of bygone.

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