Sidi J. Mahtrow


Shoes


In the Sweet Earth the Wild Blackberries Grow

Once a bull, arched back, pawing the earth, bellowing - I am here, come challenge me
An eagle high above testing his wings
A hawk hunting alone soaring above, the shriek I fear none
A coyote howling - night, time to roam
Ever a barnyard rooster insistent the sun rise so the day can be begun
A wild boar, tusk exposed, digging in the earth leaving a trace - been here
On a tree reaching high, leaving scrape marks for history, a cat
A stallion, racing the wind along the fence bound in but free
The mullet jumping as high as gravity allows
Shoes laid aside, the mark of civilization unbound
Free

Invincible, he was here
In the sweet earth, the wild blackberries grow.

Submitted: Tuesday, May 06, 2014

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

Skylor 'Skeet' McMichael of Myakka City,18 was killed in a road crash on M J road. The stretch of the road is often-times used by bikers and others for speed. Some three miles of open road has a slight turn at one end and those wishing for speed find that in less than two minutes they must navigate this turn. So it was on Friday night about midnight Skeet was driving his old car at a speed estimated at over 100 mph when he entered the curve and attempting to navigate, lost control, his car spun and was struck in the side by an oncoming car. It's called "t boning". Skeet's car was cut in half and he was ejected. The driver of the other car was not seriously injured and her car was little damaged.

This from his obituary, "Skylor was a free spirit who loved spending his time outdoors and always lived life to the fullest. He held his family and friends close to his heart and enjoyed every moment he spent with each and every one of them. If you caught Skylor with his shoes on, that usually meant that he was in trouble. Daredevil is a good way to describe him, he was afraid of no obstacle thrown his way." As is the case in this area, a roadside collection of flowers and mementos locate the spot of the accident.

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  • Colleen Courtney (5/6/2014 10:33:00 AM)

    Such a wonderful poem filled with such glorious imagery! Very beautifully written. And thank you for your informative note included. Skeet sounds as if he was certainly a carefree soul. A child of nature.
    This is such a lovely piece of poetry! (Report) Reply

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