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Sanders, Kay / That red dirt road
(2010)

Let me have that red dirt road,   pp. 10-11


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Let Me Have That Red Dirt Road
You can have this modern, cement bridge, with its supports
and side rails,
the way it begins long before the creek comes into view
and continues long after the creek has been left behind.
Let me have that old plank bridge I feared as a child,
so close to the creek I could hear the water licking its lips,
see vines straggle from bent-over trees like an old man's beard
dragging in his red-eye gravy.
A stylish brick church stands there now,
its windows stained and pure, organ throned on high,
the building humming an air-conditioned tune.
Peel away these brick additions and let me have
that old clapboard church encased within,
windows open to catch the breeze,
air filled with the rustle of funeral-home fans,
piano chords so lusty the vase of flowers marches
to Zion right along with the congregation.
You can have this road that cuts away the side of the mountain,
this blacktop road with Burger Kings and Dairy Queens
and rejuvenating
Scandia Spas, canned music blaring all the way to Birmingham.
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