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Monday, January 07, 2008
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"Gone with the Wind…"
Margaret Mitchell, (1900-1949)

Baptized in the sweet, indigenous vernacular of the Yamacraw
The melodious, primitive tongue of native Tomochichi
Chief witness to the coming of the tall wooden ships
And the arrogant conquest of Georgian civilization

On their board, aristocratic future dignitaries
Assessors of a land they would designate as theirs
Imposing the name of a distant, foreign monarch
Strange sophisticated contrast of European consonance

Other ships were soon to follow
Intrepidly navigating on the broad ocean
Charting new sea routes with compass and sextant
Braving the elements and other, illegitimate pirates

From their dark entrails they would produce
Their proud cargo of cloth and tea and porcelain
Introducing other exotic merchandise,
The silk worm and the strong negro slave…

Ammunition in neat pyramids of iron cannonballs
Even the useless ballast of… English cobblestone
Were to influence the course of History
And the eventual birth of the Old South…

Complacently colonial, quaintly Victorian in style
Proud Bride of the ancient Confederacy
Her powdered, white bosom still secretly nourishes
Futile, nostalgic dreams of a long lost cause…

Storybook patriots enshrined in shady downtown squares,
Lend their aristocratic names to plotted, symmetrical streets
And sleepy, green parks with gushing fountains and bearded oaks
Her avenues lined with opulent, proud Victorian mansions

Elegant constructions of red brick or the local "grey"
Ornate balconies of sumptuously wrought iron
Boasting gardens of fragrant magnolia and jasmine
Domesticated negroes disguised in strict livery

Humble servants to her blond, patrician progeny
Today's bankers or lawyers, doctors or dentists
They still reign as descendant Landlord and Master
Of splendid antebellum plantations called Wormsloe or Beaulieu

Distinguished by an old, familiar southern accent
Consciously savouring long vowels in a slow, languorous "drawl"
In a last heroic effort to resist some long forgotten Enemy,
Pretending to escape the ravages of Time and certain Decadence…

Edward Ashley LAMB
St. Julien-des-Points, FRANCE
Juillet 2007


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