April 2, 2014

Prompt: title of your favorite poem, book, or film. (David Bradley. The Chaneysville Incident.)
story cubes:  stool, knocking at the door, straight arrow.

 

“The legends say something happened in Chaneysville.”
And legends don’t normally lie, though they may embellish,
just a bit.  A big city history professor returns to his rural roots
when he learns a father-like figure is dying.

A transference occurs, a passing of the seat of authority
Now is his turn on the leadership stool.
Truth knocks at the door; the scales of justice
are unbalanced: a historical wrong must be righted.

The old man taught him in his youth how to track game
through the woods.  He used those tools in his new field,
a sleuth tracking information through layers of noise.
But now his sense of direction must be straight and true.

Leave the self-perpetuating baggage in the city;
discovery and redemption require certain resolution.

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Author: Raymond Maxwell

https://raymmaxx.wordpress.com/ Librarian and archivist-in-training, retired foreign service officer and former naval officer.

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