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Another in the style of The Spoon River Anthology.  Brent suggested this one, and it's taken me quite a while to write it. Once I started googling, the words became clear.

 

 
My name is Elizabeth Reed
Has been and always will be
In some form or another
I have been Esther
And Sarah and Carrie
I am a doctor
An author – a storyteller
A Teacher of teachers
But merely a vessel.
I have gained such knowledge in my lives
When I was married to an evil man in Crawford County.
I sang on the way to my hanging
The first and only woman to swing
In Illinois, because I served my evil man
Sassafras tea, with a little arsenic.
 
Last time Dickey Betts merely called me Elizabeth Reed.
Honored in soaring music, which I hear from time to time
AsRose Hill is blanketed with the beautiful strains
Of the tune that bears my name.
You see they laid Duane here in seventy-one
Now a tall, hard man wanders the rows
And as he nears them
A glorious golden thread fills the ether-world
Spidering toward every source of music within range
Spirits rise, join in
And the web vibrates
With the music of their souls.
Sometimes I wonder if the tall man can hear it
But mostly I just lie here
And bask in the glow of recognition.
Waiting for the next
Elizabeth Reed.
 


 

Date: 2008-09-05 01:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] el-jefe59.livejournal.com
I like it!

Date: 2008-09-05 01:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sapphirescarlet.livejournal.com
Thanks Jeff. I wondered if the references might be a little much, but I like the way so much of it links together.

Date: 2008-09-05 02:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anita-margarita.livejournal.com
I really love your Spoon River type poems.

Date: 2008-09-05 02:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sapphirescarlet.livejournal.com
Thank you! I enjoy writing them, they're a challenge and a welcome chance to tell a story.

Date: 2008-09-05 04:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alfabet126.livejournal.com
I finally picked up a copy of Spoon River Anthology a week or so ago. I need to get into it.

Glad to see you posting poems again. I love them. :D

Date: 2008-09-05 04:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sapphirescarlet.livejournal.com
Really? I've never read it, I think it would be very interesting. Be sure to write it up on your journal for us!

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