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Sanders, Kay / That red dirt road
(2010)

Aunt Ida,   p. 17


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Aunt Ida
Your house sits low
to the ground
weathered and grey
as the rainy day
you stay in the kitchen
baking giant teacakes
on the old wood stove
that sends up smoke
smudging the sky,
marking your place
on the horizon.
In the rain-paused still
of late afternoon
you stand
by the porch,
your frame spare,
strong as wire,
reach out
your roughened hand
to the patch
of prince's feather,
caress its flaming torch
that not even this tumbling
stream of years can quench.
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