“spring, 1981” by Brandon Michael Ward

 

spring sun on red clay
the team plows winter’s cold ground
a hiss in the barn

blackbird on the fence
dirty boots sit by the door
canned beans and warm bread

still days grow longer
in a flash of innocence
nineteen eighty-one

 

Brandon Michael Ward is a writer, filmmaker, and poet from East Tennessee. His haiku/senryu style poetry draws upon his experiences growing up and living in Appalachia.

 

**Featured image of a barn in Kentucky by Carol Highsmith, LOC, 1980 – Wikimedia

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