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Sanders, Kay / That red dirt road
(2010)

Aunt Pearl's hill,   p. 20


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Aunt Pearl's Hill
Halfway up the side of the hill her house
with its foundation of stone extending
to form the sides of the porch, stone
columns at each end to support
the low-slung roof, a country house,
natural outgrowth of wood and rock
to shelter a large family, gone now.
As a child, I would begin to watch
out the window of the car, past
the graveyard, across the bridge,
the dark green swimming hole
overhung by a sturdy branch,
along the pasture with clumps
of cows resting in the shade
beside the winding creek,
then the curve and my heart
would begin to beat faster
because I knew soon, soon
it would come into view,
Aunt Pearl's hillside banked
with a carpet of pink blossoms
drifting down the hill, a mass
of abundant, low-growing plants
they called the common thrift,
kept all these years in a chamber deep
inside against days of storm and loss.
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