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Mountain Song
by Janet Brice Parker
Monday, January 10, 2005
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I dream about days
on the roof.
Surrounded by wooded
Moss and mushrooms.
Tree bark and pine straw.

Our house sunk deep into
a mountain, with easy
access to the roof.
A place where I could
spend hours.

A house that was in complete
contrast with itís surroundings.
Cold modern furniture.

It made me shiver to look at
a sofa with a rounded edge
and one arm on the other end.

Slick plastic and legs that were
skinny upside down triangles.

So, I stayed outside,
Winter and summer
in my favorite soft faded

I thought about the enormous
rocks on the side of the mountain
and how they made me feel protected
and unseen by the world.

The vantage point from the peak
of the roof spread out a town before me.
Tiny roads, buildings, cars.
A town I could look at and
yet wasnít a part of.

I was strange, artsy, withdrawn.
I didnít like boys.
So I sat on the roof, or climbed
to the top of the mountain.

I spent time on certain massive
rocks and thought about life.
Thought about being an only
child and how I hated that.

I reached the top where the
water tower sat.
I looked down from the top
of the tower and remembered
summer camp.

I remembered the girls there
who liked me.
I fantasized about the iron beds
and iron water.

And songs that bounced
off of the river.

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Reviewed by Ronald Hull 1/16/2005
Made me want to join you there. Magic.

Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 1/13/2005
Row row row the boat gently down......

The images bring the poem to life in a nostalgic way..
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 1/12/2005
Fantastic descriptioms that pull the reader into the character's life. Great write.
Reviewed by Phillip William Allen 1/11/2005
Memories from the fond side of life. Thanks for sharing
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 1/11/2005
You have painted strong lines and images with all the sensitivity and poignancy of a gossamer web, Janet, and have made these hand-picked remembrances special and unique. You somehow have managed to fill a complete canvas with just a select number of themes. Especially love the conclusion, embracing the iron beds and iron water: a very clever condensation of idea and perspective. Songs bouncing off the the river is gorgeous!! TY for this, Kate xx
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 1/11/2005
Words of nostalgia. "I didnít like boys." and "Remembered the girls there / who liked me" Good to see that that all changed. LOL Loved your rembrances, made even this canterkerous old guy smile.
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 1/11/2005
such an intimate poem, inviting the reader into your experience, thoughts, feelings & action. very nice, Janet!
Reviewed by Daniel McTaggart 1/11/2005
Now how could I resist a poem like this? This is just about everything I experience when I go to Cooper's Rock. It's wonderful to have a place to go and pull the mountains over you like a blanket. Bravo from one mountain poet to another.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 1/11/2005
This is a unique glimpse into a special place of yours that I'm glad you could share with us. It takes on a magical fairyland aspect in your telling.

Reviewed by Pamela Kimmell 1/11/2005
Beautiful imagery - I can see the painting....actually I can FEEL it too! Lovely poem Janet.
Reviewed by Franz Kessler 1/11/2005
Very lovely imagery in this dream-like poetry composition, that weaves past and present emotions together. Franz
Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson 1/10/2005
Beautiful and soft write Janet. The picture here was in perfect clarity with beautiful soft edges.

Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 1/10/2005
Vivid imagery, beautiful memories...
Reviewed by Lori Moore 1/10/2005
Awesome images. Great write.
Reviewed by jude forese 1/10/2005
outstanding imagery ... keeps getter better and better ...
Reviewed by Jack Roberts 1/10/2005
With thepicture your words have painted here I feel as if I have been there. Wonderful write!

Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/10/2005
I love you personal writes Janet. they are so wonderfully and intimately written. You let the reader come in and be with you
where you are. That's a real gift!Sounds like a special place,
I love mountains.;-)
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 1/10/2005
Another wonderful write about memories of that special place in the heart that never leaves us.
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