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Sanders, Kay / That red dirt road
(2010)

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


Page 11

Let me have that red dirt road that winds through the graveyard
back into the hills, plots of graves lined with low brick walls
where children teeter and learn to balance and listen to their elders
talk of the dead.
Let me have that grove of hickories, rough plank tables underneath,
loaded with platters of Aunt Lillie's pan-fried chicken,
Aunt Mary's devil's food cake, the chocolate dark as a country night,
my mother's sweet potato pie, jars of Aunt Pearl's piclded peaches
lined up like soldiers for review, and from the church window
the harmony of a gospel quartet calling reveille
for "that great gettin' up morning, fare thee well, fare thee well."
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