Posted by: theodorecosmosophia | May 31, 2011

Join me at Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville, NC, 7:00 pm Saturday

Join me at Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville, one of my favorite towns, in the beautiful Appalachian mountains.  See an excerpt from a poem about those mountains below.

Please go to Malaprop’s Website for more information:

Theodore Richards at Malaprop’s

Cows are seen more often than people.

Small farms dot the landscape

when there is a break in the roughness of the topography.

Most of the rural routes are lined with stone fences

barely visible through the tangled brush,

a reminder that people had once come here

to conquer the land,

chopping down the forests,

using the abundant rocks they found

when trying to farm

as walls.

The forest has returned,

its thickness

a testament to the strength of nature;

the presumptuousness of those walls

a testament to humanity’s hubris.

I pass by tourists

Who take pictures of the landscape…

 These tourists cannot see

That while the forest is pretty

From the roadside

Its true beauty

Is found within.

Appalachia, 1997

Excerpt from “Appalachian Autumn Womb”

Originally Published in Handprints on the Womb

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