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by richard lloyd cederberg
Friday, January 21, 2011
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A poetic/tale inspired (in part) by some “Country Music” from a maven in Singapore

A tribute to American Folklore
and some of the ‘fanciful characters’
I personally grew up loving:
Casey Jones – locomotive engineer
John Henry – legendary strongman
Davy Crockett – frontiersman
John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed) - pioneer
Paul Bunyan - lumberjack of legend
Daniel Boone – frontiersman
And … Samuel Diehard – an old sourdough


Was a dog barkin’
That drew me further on
Down along the river strong runnin’
From another fierce winter’s
High mountain melt off
Now disappearin’ in
Warm spring air

And I spied me an
Old man along the shore -
Near a bank a’ sand and gravel
Where water churned fierce-like
From three crotchety sources -
Adjusting a line a flumes and
A fancy bucket line dredge

I figure kinda high-tech fur
A diehard sourdough pannin’
Fur flour gold to bake his dreams,
Or any kinda flakes, grains, or nuggets,
With radiant sun yellow texture,
To fill his poke

And there weren’t
Ner a soul anywhere,
Just him, an ornery mule,
And an old shaggy tan hound
Workin’ alone where the air and
Water was pure and troubles of life
Was like poofy driftin’ thumb-faeries,
And he was singin’ spirited-like
A song I’d never heerd

‘I can rastle bars
And kick skunks ta the moon,
I can lasso a twister
And use it fur a straw
I can surf the hurricane
And throw rocks sixty mile
And I can twiddle on the fiddle
Till the young girls faint

Cause I’m the man,
Can’t help how I am
I’m the man,
Not you
I’m the man
Can’t help what I do
I’m the man,
Not you

I can punch a mountain
And turn it inta gravel
And I can stop the volcany
From belchin’ its gruel
I can reach down deep holes
And pull back a dragon
And I can squeeze the coal
Till the diamond turns blue’

And when the chorus come agin
I joined in and sung along with 'um,
Loud as all get out, and the hound’s ears
Went up like a jackrabbits and he spied me quick
Sittin’ like I owned the place and he began howlin’
And carryin’ on like he wanted some leg bone but
The old sourdough wacked his head a goodun’
And he stopped and then he waved me over
Fur a cup a’ Joe and (I prolly figgered)
Some tall yarn spinnin' ‘bout his life


Richard Lloyd Cederberg
1/11
             

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Reviewed by Joy Hale
I'm new to your site. This wonderful, ramshackle poem is chock full of good ole country terms. What a delight to the senses. I can picture you, hidden away from the old man and then joining him in a raucous song... much to his eventual liking. As my husbands grandmother used to say: "This is a good un, aye granny."

Joy L. Hale
Reviewed by Douglas Bentley
I can just see you singing this as you hike through the mountains.
Quite a change from your usual style
Very Entertaining - you are the man!

Doug

Reviewed by Ronald Hull
Love this course along the gold-laden river to a caricature right out of prospecting legend.

Ron
Reviewed by E T Waldron
what a treat this is chum! Your talent is so varied it's a joy to see!
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen
the flanagan-cederberg duet? got a dulcimer handy?
let the hoedown begin!
love it, richard,
carolyn
Reviewed by Sheila Roy
Richard,
For this one, I just sat back and enjoyed. Bravo:)
sheila
Reviewed by Debby Rosenberg
well shoot, if you ain't come up with somethin' backwoods with this...I kept getting visions of Neil Young doing an acoustic folk song with it.
Reviewed by Amor Sabor
Great tale with images to go with it. Excellent work.
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors
Quite a switch from your deeper side. Very elegant in its capture of all of the flavor of the characters you admired and fun too. Never used a dredge but I've done my share of (mostly unsucessful) panning. Patrick
Reviewed by Liana Margiva
WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
Precious photograph! An enlightened tale while traveling down memory lane...

Be always safe,
Karen
Reviewed by John Flanagan
Yes, this ole 'maven' (i wish!) in S'pore loves this
rollickin' rollin' move over and let the dog see the rabbit
write. Marvelous, Richard!

John
Reviewed by Christine Tsen
Stylistic brilliance and so rich in humor! You sure have a way with words here as you share with us ordinary characters in a tender tale of true life mixed with magic.
Blessings,
C T
Reviewed by Ed Matlack
Yes he's the man alright, he's also the man that made the Diehard battery for Sears, isn't he...? ;-) ed
Reviewed by Gene Williamson
Yep, Richard, you're the man. You've captured that down-home
flavor in word and character...

‘I can rastle bars
And kick skunks ta the moon,”
I can lasso a twister
And use it fur a straw
I can surf the hurricane
And throw rocks sixty mile
And I can twiddle on the fiddle
Till the young girls faint

I'm sure that the man from Singapore will love this as we all do.

-gene.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
Fun write!
Reviewed by Peter Schlosser (Reader)
to be able to demonstrate comfort and fluidity in this genre is truly an amazing feat, almost like reading mark twain's huck finn. the use of provincial diction and twang really injects the piece with an authenticity which few could ever hope to mimic. actually, this may be my new favorite of yours because of its uniqueness and expression of knock over endowment of pen and mind.
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