Mason-Dixon Lines P o e t ry b y Dav I s M c c o M b s "So many suns have turned the rows of stobs to cover crops and turned away: it sank like a stain into the hills that night . . ." Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License. Lexicon The people are talking about budworms; they are talking about aphids and thrips. Under the bluff at Dismal Rock, there where the spillway foams and simmers, they are fishing and talking about pounds and allotments; they are saying white burley, lugs and cutters. Old men are whittling sticks with their pocketknives and they are saying Paris Green; they speak of topping and side-dressing; they are whistling and talking about setters, plant beds and stripping rooms. At Hedgepeths, under the shade of the Feed Mill awning, in that place of burlap and seedbins, of metal scoops, they are sitting on milk crates; they are drinking from bottles and they are talking about pegs, float plants and tierpoles. At the Depot Market, they say blue mold, high color; they are nodding and saying sucker dope; they are leaning
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Feb 21, 2009
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