Appalachian Spring

Appalachia mountains

This article originally appeared in Southern Exposure Vol. 10 No. 1, "Who Owns Appalachia?" Find more from that issue here.

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In this occupied territory

made war upon,

terrorists set blasts

making mole hills out of mountains —


and Jack-in-the-Pulpit

supplanted by Sericea lespedeza.




Stripped of recourse the rivers succumb

surrender rags hung from flood

till dogwood bloom —


for every kickback, a kick.




Blood splashes on bark

mark the lines of demarcation —

the backside of glazed gob pile

no buffer of trees can mask

looming ever ready

to bequest its over burdened truth

next rain —


peaks above

falling prey to dozers

driven by kin

against their wills.


— Bob Henry Baber