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 Category:  Romance Poetry
  Posted: September 7, 2020      Views: 105
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Chapter 31 of the book Carolina Pastorals
A celebration of country music
"Bluegrass" by estory
A guitar of rosewood and Appalachian spruce,
the steady footwork of an old fashioned base
and the light lilt of that cradled fiddle
brings this back country music to life.
Tight stitched picking, like hand threaded lace,
weaves figures of boys and girls together into pairs
in time to the quick step on the sawdust
where everyone has left their chairs
to watch the light of fireflies and moonshine
lift the roof. The love they sing
will have played itself out,
gone good or bad by morning,
but the sweet smell of bluegrass
lingers on long after the stars have set.


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This is a celebration of a moment, a night of music and dancing, in a country place. Romance that might have only been a momentary spark, but still a moment of beauty and joy none the less. There's an element of the romantic in that ethereal, ephemeral moment, and I have always considered myself a great fan of the romantic in poetry. I wanted a simple, conversational language, but also an intricately woven language here, with interlocking imagery like lacework. A density to the patterns much like the density of the tight stitched picking in bluegrass music. Raleigh has been the home of the bluegrass festival now for some time, and this will be the one odd year in the string, when the event goes virtual. Somehow it just won't be the same without the Krueger Brothers, Rhianna Givens, Chatham Rabbits, and the Steep Canyon Rangers up on the stage. estory
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