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Kentucky Color: Old Man Winter

A visit back to his home country on Harvey's Ridge on a beautiful winter day evoked memories of boyhood and inspired the following poem:
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Old Man Winter
By Billy Joe Fudge
Ol' Man Winter, how you
Kindle the flames of
Remembrance in me.

Memories of
Youthful jaunts through
Field and wood
With Smokey and Duke
Breaking my way forward;
Red Wagon in tow.

Winter whirlwinds filled
With driving mists of
White, dry, powder skimmed
From cold, blustery,
Meadowed slopes-
Peppered reddened cheeks.

Paper bag-brown
Oak leaves rattled
With lamentations
As they clung to
Frosted limbs in hopes
Of an early spring.

Dry and sheltered,
Needle-lined nests beneath
Snow-ladened Cedars
Made hideouts for
Dogs and boy alike.

Popcorn balls
Cemented by sorghum,
Created by love,
Softened the chill of
Of long winter nights.

Ol' Man Winter, how you
Awaken the past
And fuel the soul.

By Billy Joe Fudge
Next previous Billy Joe Fudge Kentucky Color, Adair County's Largest Sinkhole with photo and introduction to the presence of "swallets" here

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Kentucky Color: Winter elicits youth memories

2011-01-09 . Harvey's Ridge RD, South Adair Co., KY
By Billy Joe Fudge
"Happy Wintertime, everyone!" writes Billy Joe Fudge. "Taken Saturday looking south from Harvey's Ridge RD."

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