By Anita Leigh Holladay
Great mountain, gold and green! Look at you, looming above small farms where island boys grew to manhood stacking hay, their sisters watching other boys while pinning washing to a line, watched them in their minds while spinning, looming, pining for a day when they would leave the farm (for just a day walk) hand in calloused hand up past the firs into a realm of spreading oaks, where the air grows golden high above Crow Valley fog and lose themselves in love, however fogged the notions of great manhood did appear. Memory of one day—did it happen?— just like that, appears, keeps rocking through the minds of two old lovers as they sit side by side upon their porch, facing you, mountain, and the day when hand will reach for calloused hand and find there only fog.
©2008 Anita Leigh Holladay