One of the most visual and introspective poems I have ever read. To build up to the crescendo that was the greatness of Mantle even at a very young age, was magnificent. I am still shaking my head over the wrap-around build up to the end. A truly spectacular poem. And I am not generally given to such praise.
Awesome....Had similar relatives who I've always admired and always will, who lived in Ouchie, Ok in the early
50's near Spavinaw.... I remember their little white house and front porch and how hard they worked and
loved.. Always longed for this kind of tale concerning one of my heros.....The great Mick... Thank you....
Not often I get so engrossed in a long poem that I forget how long it is. What a beautiful piece of storytelling. How lovely to read a poem with such a long, deep reach. I am lost in this poem and found again. Thank you poemhunter for sending me this poem... How wonderful for someone to be able to write like this.