Thursday, October 23, 2014

"Tastes Like Cider"

Tastes Like Cider

An attractive faint flush
pinkish red blush

Oh to feast upon
firm, fine, cream colored flesh
a bit precocious some say
medium sized, excellent flavor.

Tastes like apple bread, crisp, or cider
a slaughter rarely denied
whether trick, ritual, or disguised
a vampires insatiable desire.

by Margaret Bednar, October 23, 2014

For "Imaginary Garden with Real Toads - Get Listed - Ghost Stories"  I used 5 of the listed words.  Not exactly a ghost story, but I tried to sprinkle in a bit of creepy.

I was determined to use this photograph today - and I think I made it work.  I bought a bag of these apples in Blowing Rock, NC - just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.  So tasty! 

Monday, October 20, 2014

"Mabry Mill"

Mabry Mill

On its way toward Meadows of Dan
a mountain road ribbons its way
past blacksmith and gristmill,
where laurels still curtsey
and fresh spring still gurgles
a slow and steady welcome.

Survival now a tourist's delight -
a fascination with buckwheat pancakes,
cobbler, and pond
rippling with a pair of white ducks.

A destination
where a third grade education
fostered ingenuity, industriousness,
and a simplicity almost forgotten.

by Margaret Bednar, October 20, 2014

This is for "Imaginary Garden with Real Toads - Open Link Monday"  I recently have spent two weekends enjoying the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina and Virginia.  The Mabry Mill was built and operated by Ed & Lizzy Mabry - They also built a charming two story house which is no longer standing.  I purchased a book about the Mabry's written by park ranger Michael Ryan.  It was a short, but thoroughly enjoyable read.  It fleshed out this destination for me, made me really appreciate how much this place meant to the community, how much love and hard labor went into making it so.

HERE is a nice article about the mill in "Living Virginia"

Meadows of Dan