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 Category:  General Poetry
  Posted: December 2, 2020      Views: 51
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Chapter 40 of the book Carolina Pastorals
The mountains can lift you above the problems of the world
"Appalachian Elegy, pt. 4" by estory

This is the end of the road. This is Skyland:
the highest point the land aspires to
in its long, arduous climb up to heaven
and maybe what's beyond it. Up here,
above the wrinkled world of man made patches
and roads like seams unravelling
across a patch work quilt, light rises over shadow
in a vast expanse escaping the brackets
within north, south, east and west.
Look up and you can see all of the stars,
mountain gardens in between rock and cloud,
holding out a promise of peace and bliss
somewhere over the crisscrossed valleys.
It makes one think of all the time we've wasted
meandering around down there,
lost in the woods, trying to get somewhere.


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Skyland is a look out and recreation stop along the Skyline Drive in Virginia. Every since I first came across that name, I have fallen in love with it, and the sense of uplifted landscape, of rising up from Earth to Sky, that the name conjures. I thought it would be a fitting title for part 4 of my Appalachian Elegy, an ode on the celebration of the mountains that take us up out of the world and above its trials and tribulations, its conflicts and conundrums. I wanted to create a movement from shadow to light, a sense of moving up out of the wrinkled landscape into the uninhibited expanse of the sky and all its possibilities. estory
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