James Mar 13

Standing on a mountain top
looking for my home.
The rolling hills,
green with tobacco are gone,
cleansed from the earth.
Now I see bare slopes
and muddy ground,
peeled away one layer at a time.

I look for my home
but there is nothing here to see.

Thoughts of my great grandfather's farm in Kentucky that was sold to strip miners when I was a child.
James Mar 13

Yesterday I hit my son with a golf ball
Today I hit him with a snowball
Tomorrow we're playing baseball

If you don't like the weather
wait 20 minutes

If you don't like getting hit with round, white balls
keep your ass inside
or learn how to duck and catch

Yesterday I played golf in shorts and today it snowed.
I also pounded my kids with snowballs, just because it's fun.
James Mar 13

It snowed today
not a remarkable event
The weather does not impress me
Even as the grass turns green
and the azaleas bloom
I know they will die again next year
But today I wiped the snow
from the lid of my charcoal grill
opened a beer and lit the coals
The snow on my patio melted
uncovering the yellow film of pollen
and I was reminded that spring came early
and this year there will be no flowers in April.

Yep, my azalea bushes all bloomed a few weeks ago and today it snowed.  I wonder what Spring will look like this year.
James Mar 10

Sitt'n and sipp'n on a PBR
Right hand pick'n on a steel guitar
The boy's roll up, say it's time to go
Gonna drive all night to see one more show

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Gotta stop in town gonna grab my girl
Hit that dance floor with spinning twirl
Bebop bopp'n with a stand-up bass
Count'n my steps, baby, just in case

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Take'n a break with a jack and coke
Saw another sweet honey, she was tugg'n my coat
She pulled me out and across that floor
Ten seconds later we out the door

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Drink'n moonshine whiskey from a mason jar
Stolen from the trunk of her daddy's black car
Heads bobb'n with the drummers beat
Feel my toes tapp'n gotta move my feet

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Back inside I saw my girl
Look on her face, man she was really sore
I gave her a drink from the mason jar
She loved me all night in the back of that car.

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Listening to some Rockabilly music.  "Pass the Bottle" by The Devil's Daughters...couldn't help myself.
James Mar 9

I don't care if my glass is half full
or half empty,
just as long as there is something left to drink.

James Mar 9

The rain on the roof, it’s hypnotic;
taking me back home
The tin roof on an old screened-in porch
summer nights we slept there,
escaping the southern heat,
feeling the cool breeze after a thunderstorm --
I smell the moisture in the air
fresh rain on the grass outside
Steam rising from the paved road.
The rhythmic sound sends me to sleep
I see my mother and my grandmother
shucking corn and shelling beans.
I catch nightcrawlers with my grandfather.
Tomorrow we’re going fishing.

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