Traversing Old Dixie...

Southern border of Pensylvannia
the Mason Dixon line of North/South divides
a solitary rock marker distinguished with a ‘WV’ for West Virginia sited
Country home of Dixie chick Southern belles
The people faith strong in an area known for its topography
loggers, coal miners, political and labor history
Its karstic limestone caverns ideal for caving and scientific research
South through to Kentucky
with motto – ‘Unbridled Spirit’
Blood stock auction house
horse racing stallions unable to so much as sniff a mare
whilst they race, so at end of a succesful career
pimped out as put to stud
in hope of creating future successful thoroughbreds and winners
Here banjo picked voices echo auctioneer chants
aiming at exciting the bidders
Then there are also the spirits of the distilleries
Bourbon sits behind bars of prohibition in cellars thriving
creamy, sweet, woody or cinnamon notes
amongst the undertones of wonderment
delight of the experienced connoisseur
the devils dutch courage
the fools golden nectar
Onwards to London, Somerset
Through autumnal seas whisper
Mother Natures ebbs and flows of tidal woodlands
rich russet red and gold sunset hues sway
home of chicken festivals
where first Kentucky Fried Chicken originated
courtesy of Colonel Harland Sanders
Daniel Boone National Forest location
in the heart of Bluegrass Tennessee
where the Scotts/Irish came over
a people that settled much of America
a dominant of Southern Appalachian culture
In this remote region they have held fast to their traditions
and preserved their life-style to today
Remnants of old homesteads can still be found
yet originally thought that they were cut off from society
toys, magazines, and furniture,
all show theyw ere as in touch with current affairs
as anyone else in America
choice to remain in the region long after progress passed unknown
Scientifically here research lies with body farms
release brought from knowledge of time since death
bodies lie in black bags
bones and flesh dehumanised
a name needed for the individual
closure for grieing families
a reason for passing
a learning for the good of future generations
evidence for cases proof for policing streets
Pleasure flights as air balloons surf the skies mile high
drifting the expanse of wilderness
over the National Parks
down to a canopy of tree tops
to see where bears roam free
amongst prime of Autumns glory
plucking the fruits of autumn the rich ripe berried shrubbery
South Florida through Alabama
where Gullah is spoken
originally though to be a corruption of Angola or Gola
full language of the descendants of African slaves
living on once isolated sea islands off coast of Georgia, South Carolina
these people replacing the said runaway white slavery of the Scot/Irish
Gullah culture is of cutom, spirituality, folk tales, art and basket weaving
rice cultivation, culture and cuisine introduced continues
The Penn centre first African school for freed slaves
Martin Luther King use of centre for strategic planning
known for American civil rights movement
working to end racial segregation and racial discrimination
also his 1963 ‘I have a dream’ speech
An integrated area where now there is a joining of the people and cutoms
here there is passion shown through sports
large stadiums full of atmosphere
sport played aside on and of magnificent show scale
as aside cheer leaders, bands, baton twirlers, dance, sing and twirl
all combined with an audience participation escalated
topped off with patriotic passion and song to their America
an almost anthemed fly past salutes
All seen and heard becomes embeded in the thoughts
America’s Dixie

Traversing Old Dixie...


Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom

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