Two Poems by Scot Young

Sunday Morning

Buster
redbone hound
sleeps soundly
on the front porch
stretched out taking
in the morning sun
dreaming
of the next hunt

you are in the house
frying bacon
making scratch biscuits
maple flavor
drifts through
the open window
you sing Streisand
it sounds good
paired against
these Ozark hills
almost spiritual
bringing culture
to this holler.

blue car stops
in driveway
jehovah’s witness
steps out
begins the conversation
Ol’ Buster raises up
barks slightly
looks him straight
in the eye
and begins
licking his balls
like any good
coonhound
would do
on a perfect
Sunday morning.

_______________

The Rain Doesn’t Really Wash it All Away

–for Randy

after 40 years
the details get blurry
like that rainy night
a block from harvey’s
tavern where you lay
bleeding
lifeless
on that rain
soaked highway
i remember i was invited
to the movies that night
my mother said no
‘cause of the weather

i pass your grave
when we travel
go out of the way
to pass by
sometimes we stop
find your marker
until taking a deep breath
doesn’t really help

i am reminded of the day
our junior high closed
one hour parade
of buses down
50 highway
crying through your service
sitting shoulder to shoulder
many outside never got in
lined around down-
town warrensburg
except to file by your casket
and picture
blond bangs beatle haircut
smiling face
i remember our teachers
were quite that day
taking up the back rows
adult silent crying

after 40 years the details
get blurry
like when the windshield wipers
don’t remove all
the water–
and the rain really doesn’t
wash it all away
it is the same as
not understanding
about losing a friend
at 13
nobody talked
on the way home
white faced
we stared
out the bus windows
not knowing we
would never
be the same

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6 Responses to “Two Poems by Scot Young”

  1. I really like both poems, Scot, especially the second. Well written and moving (both of them).

  2. Both excellent reading.

  3. Scot – These poems are so well-written. The second one really touched my heart; brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for posting these today. Best, Winnie

  4. Tammy Daniel Says:

    Scot – Like Winnie said, I was really moved by the second poem. Reminded me of those I’ve lost, taken far too soon. Beautifully written, expressive. Tammy

  5. Linda Lerner Says:

    Good poems. I especially liked “Sunday Morning” last stanza.

  6. Thanks Linda!

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