Sidi J. Mahtrow
Shoes - Poem by Sidi J. Mahtrow
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
Invincible, he was here
In the sweet earth, the wild blackberries grow.
Poet's Notes about The Poem
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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