Friday, November 14, 2008

MANSION BY Nancy Simpson

MANSION

Forget you heard it, Rural Life Workshop,
mountaineers saying there is no Appalachia.
Forget the woman who asked
Where did she come from?
and being an outsider, forget
you wanted to walk through the window.
Came from the ocean, should have said,

but no, you behaved; that is the main thing,
and listened all day to their speeches.
No one knew you hoped Jim Miller would speak
with his accent, how you wished he would
take up his good book and read.

Driving up the gravel road
all you have is belief.
This is where you wanted to go.
Leaves fall like flecks of gold.
The road is paved with yellow leaves.

It's home.  Still,
this is not Heaven.  The door is locked.
The windows are dark like eyes of an old woman.
Go in.
Walk through the wall if you want.


Previously published in Step Around the Mountain,
Black Jack Twelve.

Included in Night Student



6 comments:

Lynn ... said...

I love this ... all I could think about while I read it is the hundreds of places I've found myself, and realized I was wishing I were someplace else. I'm glad you have the mansion you do! :) Love you!!

Nancy Simpson said...

Lynn, I'm glad you like "Mansion". I remember that day, way back in the seventies, how I took a day off so I could go to Hinton Rural Life Center to hear Jim Wayne Miller read his poems.

Instead, all day, the talk was how there is no
Appalachian and Appalachia no longer exists. I did not want to hear that, for I had just found Appalachia and for me it was and still is alive and real.

Clearly did not belong at that meeting, but then, yes I did come down through the years to belong to Appalachia.

Glenda C. Beall said...

Great poem, Nancy. We have all had those times when we didn't belong and I could feel for you in that place. There is an Appalachia and I love it.
Thanks for posting this poem.

Tipper said...

Loved the poem Nancy-and you know how I feel about Appalachia!!

Judy said...

I related to your poem of being an outsider and then finding home again. Love it!

Glenda Barrett said...

Nancy,
Your website is lovely with the
pictures of Cherry Mountain. Also, I wanted to say what a fine looking grandson you have and how proud you must be of him! One more thing the poem, "Mansion," is unique and interesting. Thank you for posting my poems on your site as well. Glenda Barrett