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Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Live Forever Now
Well, I'm heading for West Virginia tomorrow followed by the Appalachian Writers Workshop in Hindman, Kentucky. I'm teaching nonfiction, which I discovered I have more credentials in that I realized. I'm also working on a couple of Appalachian set stories, and my first villanelle maybe ever! Sort of a fun form, especially with the computer so it's easy to make small changes in the repeating lines.
This perfect crystal day with every perfect leaf Cries, “I am here, I’ve always been– Live forever now, no fear no grief.”
Sometimes the dim moist days continue in a sheaf Until, replacing greasy orange and murky green– This perfect crystal day with every perfect leaf!
But then I stop and think, It is so brief– To which the brillant day says, so serene: “Live forever now no fear no grief.”
The world-denying preacher’s firm belief Dismisses my pagan day and her grand sheen, My perfect crystal day with every perfect leaf.
Well, someone has to be a lying thief: Preacher or the seductive day he must demean: “Live forever, now no fear no grief.”
When we dwell on End of Days, there’s no relief We’ll never own this white and green This perfect crystal day with every perfect leaf. Live forever now, no fear no grief.