PAPA

PAPA

A Poem by Vol

I like to walk in the woods

without paths or trails. You see,

I follow Papa. That old man would

cut a walking stick when he’d take

us for a stroll under trees and along

the creek to turn over stones and logs

to see what would crawl out from there.

We kept a reverent quiet and enjoyed

the soft leaves and virgin dirt as it

compressed under our boots.

He would sometimes stick his big hands

down in the gravel and pull out a handful

of pebbles to look through, pick out

the interesting crystals, fossils and such,

then give them to us. He built a room

at the end of his house to curate

his collection of rocks, shells, arrowheads

guns, knives and all the other things that

kept us enthralled. I can see him now,

sitting in his rocker reading textbooks,

anthropology, paleontology, archaeology,

or whatever else tickled his brilliance.

So, when I go for walks, I take a stick

and always look down, because

I follow Papa.

© 2024 Vol


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I'm smiling. Can't help it. Of course you take a stick, along with memories of Papa. I'd do the same. I HAVE done the same, in fact. There are treasures in handfuls of dirt and gravel, if one is only wise enough to reach down and scoop it up. Papa taught you right.

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Vol

1 Week Ago

Samuel,
He did indeed... and isn't it a fine thing! All 21 of my first cousins and many inter.. read more



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This was beautiful to me, the art of manhood in the making. It makes me realize how important a father's roll is in the raising of his sons. My dad was a WWII Navy veteran so he wasn't a pushover. But I remember walking with him in the woods, fishing off the top of a dam and playing tag with him in the yard. He never talked about the war around us. I've carved more than a few walking sticks but I have one from an orchard tree my father planted and it's special, also very beautiful. It's a Japanese red plum that had a honeysuckle vine wrap around it making spirals in the wood and colors. My dad taught me how to shoot, fish and find red garnets in mountain streams. I very much relate to this wonderful write.

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Vol

6 Days Ago

FG,
I have a biker friend, though he might be dead by now, Mark 'Tiger' Edmonds. ((You can go.. read more
FGFRANKLIN

6 Days Ago

I can relate to that too and empathize greatly. I have grandchildren and a young daughter so I think.. read more
I'm smiling. Can't help it. Of course you take a stick, along with memories of Papa. I'd do the same. I HAVE done the same, in fact. There are treasures in handfuls of dirt and gravel, if one is only wise enough to reach down and scoop it up. Papa taught you right.

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Vol

1 Week Ago

Samuel,
He did indeed... and isn't it a fine thing! All 21 of my first cousins and many inter.. read more
Fantastic work. The emotion is conveyed well.

Posted 1 Week Ago


very nice

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What a heartfelt tale, walking in your father's steps, following all the curiosity he gave to you,...It reminds me a bit of my husband's collection of snakes, moles, voles, birds all in alcohol jars and the little grandchildren then were fascinated and eager to learn of these creatures... only brings out the best in all of us..following your father's adventures is a precious way to admire him and keep up family traditions.
Well written, enjoyed it.
Warmly, B

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Vol

1 Week Ago

Thank you, Betty!
Papa and Mama were my grandparents. I don't know how they did it, but they .. read more
Betty Hermelee

1 Week Ago

wow, amazing story....no wonder the influence...
I get it!
Warmly, B
Vol

1 Week Ago

It was deep... We were a Clan... even when I was only eight or nine,I'd walk down town and adults w.. read more
I love walking in the woods too Vol. We have trsils ar rge end of our garden and it has a push me pull you gate on it, that we only need to walk a third of a mile before all the paths open in all directions, with colour coded marks for beginner, some experience or difficult routes as well as quite a few climbs too.
Katie has a fancy pants shop bought stick, but i still use the one i cut from a tree in my childhopd home. (as an adult. I didnt keep it from mini me-hood though)
I think i took it from my mums brothers, who all lovedoutdoor living in rural nooks and crannies.
Its good for a poet too, breathing in all that fresh air and earning your supper or breskfast.
Plus, i reckon i got the bargain with a free stick. Katie paid £85 quid for hers (just shy of $100)
I think they saw her coming. 😊


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Lorry

1 Week Ago

Vol, no one believes that make believe bullshit and if you ever need to find out what the world real.. read more
Lorry

1 Week Ago

Apologies, cant find it online but if you get the chance, watch episode 4 of billy connolys world to.. read more
Vol

1 Week Ago

I looked... I can't find it either...
Wow how amazing is that ... to have a father teach you about your origins and where you came from ....

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Stella Armour

1 Week Ago

yes but we did really have knights in shining armour,
that isn't fictional lol..
Stella Armour

1 Week Ago

Were there ever real knights?
Medieval knights were different. They were warriors trained to .. read more
Vol

1 Week Ago

Knights and cowboys... Real and necessary

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My name is Vol Lindsey. I live in Gouge Eye, Texas, a tiny ghost town on Rt. 66. I am a retired creative writing, English literature teacher. I have been writing poetry and reading publicly since 196.. more..

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