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July 1, 2010 “Thursday Poets Rally”

July 1, 2010   “Thursday Poets Rally”

I should preface this by saying; it is written in the dialect of the mountains of Eastern Tennessee where I live.  If you spent much time here you would hear folks speaking pretty much just like this…including me sometimes.  Enjoy.

“Git’n Spring”

Buds ‘er on the branches an’ the Robins ‘er on the ground
Mockin’ Bird’s a mockin’ an’ putt’n on ev’ry sound
Cardinal’s flash’n red, sky’s a turn’n blue
Grass is grow’n green an’ shoot’n up anew
Dirt is git’n turned an’ seed is go’n down
Ol’ Man Winter’s freez’n is git’n turned aroun
Calfs ‘er prance’n in the pasture, a bagg’n momma to come an’ play
Barn’s all clean an’ empty wait’n on the season’s hay
The chickens ‘er a cluck’n an’ the rooster’s look’n proud
Wild flowers ‘er bloom’n in the fields what ain’t been plowed
Creek’s a run’n full an’ dance’n in the sun
Ol’ bull’s a kick’n up, even tho’ he weighs a ton
Ducks ‘er quack’n, geese ‘er honk’n, an’ the Blue Bird’s on the wing
The world’s a wakin’ up cause it’s a git’n Spring!
The farmer’s up at daybreak a lay’n out his rows
Scour’n the plows and sharpenin’ the hoes
He’s mend’n on the harness and oil’n up the reins
Shine’n out the traces and smooth’n down the hames
Shoe’n all the Belgians an git’em in ther rigs.
Milk’n the cows and slopp’n all them pigs
Gather’n up some eggs but leave’n some fer chicks
Maters are need’n set’n so he’s whittlin down some sticks
Nanny’s done borned a lamb, it’s a bleat’n in the stall
Black as jet at midnight and cain’t stand up at all
Bite’n at ther bits and start’n at the plow
Horses er all atwitter and wont’n to go right now
The ground’s a give’n life when the plow lines start to sing
The airth’s a bust’n forth cause it’s a git’n Spring!
TLH 2010
Just Say’n

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20 responses

  1. This is one of my favourite poems…and I know close to your heart. Now we just need to hear your voice reading it to us! 🙂

    June 30, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    • My Dear, wouldn’t you know, I’m working on doing just that…”I thank it would hep y’all if ya heard me a talk’n it” 🙂

      Thanks for the nice comment.

      Just Say’n

      June 30, 2010 at 11:48 pm

  2. I love the mention of “mocking birds” This was detailed and elaborate. The shortening of the words were really cool. It called for careful reading. Nicely put. Cheers!

    June 30, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    • Thank you Emmanuel, for taking the time to get through it…it means a lot.

      Just Say’n

      June 30, 2010 at 11:49 pm

  3. casual yet cheerful. it’s a relief, breaking away from my own work sometimes to read something less cryptic yet equally meaningful.

    thank you for the visit and for this delightful piece ~ i hope that you won’t hesitate to swing by again : )

    July 1, 2010 at 12:27 am

  4. understood and felt every word! A real beaut here..”jes..plumb purty” Have a great day ya here!

    July 1, 2010 at 6:12 am

  5. I loved the use of the dialect. My own people hail from rural West Virginia and the speech is similar.

    July 1, 2010 at 6:19 am

  6. very creative and mindful piece.

    July 1, 2010 at 8:04 am

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  8. a wonderful write…my wife is from bristol so i speak the dialect…smiles.

    July 1, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    • Kingsport!:) Thanks for reading, Brian, I appreciate your comments.

      Just Say’n

      July 1, 2010 at 8:25 pm

  9. You’ve done an excellent job with this

    July 1, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    • I take great pride in any positive comment from a few fellow poets…you are among them. Thank You.

      Just Say’n

      July 1, 2010 at 8:29 pm

  10. Happy Rally Week Tracy 🙂

    July 1, 2010 at 5:25 pm

  11. Here I am planted in cement in a city in Northern California, spewing my native Brooklynese, but feeling like I just spent a day in the county. You’ve transported me with your poem. Thank you! Very fine job.

    July 1, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    • I am happy that anyone would read my poetry and enjoy it enough to comment, but there are a few fellow poets/bloggers comments in which I take great pride…you are one. Thank You.

      Just Say’n

      July 1, 2010 at 8:34 pm

  12. lifeinarecipe

    Written as one would speak gave it a real personal and almost musical feel. It was fun and enjoyable to read!

    July 3, 2010 at 10:42 am

  13. Really like the dialect and these lines in particular “he ground’s a give’n life when the plow lines start to sing
    The airth’s a bust’n forth cause it’s a git’n Spring!a’ really lovely 🙂

    July 4, 2010 at 6:29 am

    • Thank you for reading, and for the comment.
      I enjoyed my visit to your blog as well.

      Just Say’n

      July 4, 2010 at 8:29 am

  14. mitchicus

    one word…ahmazin

    July 4, 2010 at 7:35 pm

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