Whippoorwill Song of Longing

Whippoorwill Song of Longing

A Poem by Patricia Wedel
"

Where blossoms fall on lonesome wisps of yesterday

"
When Randy Travis sings of Whippoorwill Holler  

I dream of my Grandma who raised six children 

on a Hill in West Virginia in a Holler where she got 

water from the stream below to cook food on an 

old Wood stove and have enough to bathe their six kids.  

My Grandma "Minnie" has gone to Heaven... 

I dedicate this Poem to her life of Love and Giving 

And also to Grandpa Dave who walked to and 

worked in the Coal Mines of West Virginia... 

God rest their Soul... Amen 

© 2020 Patricia Wedel


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Hard times back then Pat, I remember someone mentioning toilets were in had brick hut built in the garden, the weren’t attached inside the house, I’m like OMG that must have been awful especially in the winter months! Don’t realise how privileged we are nowadays Pat, thank you to your Gran and Grandpa for all the work and toil they did and for taking us back on a journey through time in your poem and the insight of privileges we have today. Thank you for sharing this dedication Pat

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Patricia Wedel

1 Month Ago

dearest Katrina... sorry for the delay... sometimes my computer is cantankerous for a day or so; but.. read more
Katrina Mckeown

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You’re very welcome pat.. best wishes Katrina



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a prayerful, loving tribute to a wonderful pair. sound like salt of the earth kind of folks. very sweet and touching. there is a deep, gentle respect that comes through loud and clear. nice piece before i turn in for the night knowing that such people lived and are now in heaven with the creator. good work ... :

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Patricia Wedel

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Thank you Pete... yes, they were hard working people. When the six kids were teens (the youngest te.. read more
Pete

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now that's a family - sticking together no matter what. we truly need to get back to those core val.. read more
Patricia Wedel

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I truly believe that families will learn to live closer together to help each other, as times become.. read more
This is what is meant by picking imagery-packed details so a fulsome portrait can be painted in so few words! This is what poetry is all about, as far as making each detail go a hundred miles thru deep woods with moonshine stills burbling and whippoorwills crooning. I've never heard a whippoorwill! But I have read many historical novels based on these times & it helps me remember to stop whining about my tough life! *wink! wink!* This is simple, straightforward poignant writing that reflects the very nature of these people's lives! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

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Patricia Wedel

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dear Margie... “moonshine stills burgling and whippoorwills crooning”... that’s poetry from Bl.. read more
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SKY
Great souls always finds resting place. Beautifully written Pat, it picture's out everything so clear...
Will always miss Grandpa & Grandma such rare soul's...

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Patricia Wedel

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dear Sky... my grandma fed the chickens every morning and milked the cow. She churned her own butte.. read more
SKY

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I really feel those were the most cherished moment's of life. Real life in real way. Now the butter .. read more
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Pat, I love the tenderness and sincerity in this poem, and the nostalgia. I listened to Randy Travis for many years, and I'm very familiar with West Virginia. Your personal references make the reader consider their own families, homes, and the good and sad times.

I recently traveled through the western part of the state, and I've always loved the culture and people. It's a beautiful part of the country with some of the best people I've met. Thanks for sharing this one.

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Patricia Wedel

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Thank you Robert... a lot of people are well educated at very accredited schools in West Virginia. .. read more
How times have changed
Each house must now have at least two bathrooms and preferably an ensuite in each bedroom, and who walks to work!!
If those pioneers could see how things are now they would be stupefied.
I read somewhere about colonizing Jupiter or was it Mars or (?)
All time clazy


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Patricia Wedel

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Thank you Dave... yes we heard a bit about that... reminds me of the saying, “cross my heart and h.. read more
Such sweet nostalgia in this one, Pat. Our grandparents worked hard and family meant everything to them. We are their legacy. Beautifully written. Lydi**

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Patricia Wedel

1 Month Ago

dear Lydi.. yes, our grandparents did work very hard.
They seemed to thrive on growing thei.. read more
Hard times back then Pat, I remember someone mentioning toilets were in had brick hut built in the garden, the weren’t attached inside the house, I’m like OMG that must have been awful especially in the winter months! Don’t realise how privileged we are nowadays Pat, thank you to your Gran and Grandpa for all the work and toil they did and for taking us back on a journey through time in your poem and the insight of privileges we have today. Thank you for sharing this dedication Pat

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Patricia Wedel

1 Month Ago

dearest Katrina... sorry for the delay... sometimes my computer is cantankerous for a day or so; but.. read more
Katrina Mckeown

1 Month Ago

You’re very welcome pat.. best wishes Katrina
This reads like really hard times back then but they stood together, and look what they have produced, a fine family legacy. Something not seen these days sadly. No one these days likes to travel through the tough times,
A lovely write Pat.

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Patricia Wedel

1 Month Ago

dear Andrew... nowadays is tough in a different way.
with all the extra people coming into .. read more
I am the oldest grandchild of this Legacy...
living a charmed life with plumbing and
electricity. Love cooking on a wood stove and bathing in a Creek.


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Mother of Robert and Edie Marie... Grandmother of Ethan age 16 and Madeline age 12; also Shannah age 7 and sister Kahless age 5; Married to Roger, a man of Letters, retired. Living in Fredericksbu.. more..

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