Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal

Tone Poem

Nancy Fletcher-Blume


A lady of fair countenance traveled forth through green grasses, carrying her
treasures, moving with great caution through the earth, and slowly into unknown lands,
as heavy rains would fall, sands would shift and stinging winds would blow.

Nature heard, but the earth was silent, waiting for footsteps of a true heart that
would slow the heavy rains, calm the shifting sands and give warmth to the winds
that blow.

Lady, weary worn with travel, sat beside a rock and there appeared a being of
need; seeing this, she extended her hand and gave her treasure. The heavy rains of
earth became gentle and sweet, the shifting sands unraveled ribbons of color, and the winds became soft, as music wafted through the green grasses of earth.

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Nancy Fletcher-Blume is president of the Tennessee Writers Alliance and president of the Williamson County Council for the Written Word, as well as a ten-year founding member. She is the author of a children's book, The Cast Iron Dogs. She is also published in Our Voices: Williamson County Literary Review, 1995, 1997, and 1998. Nancy has condensed and adapted two children's classics for Dalmatian Press: Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island (a top seller in its fourth printing) and Kidnapped. She signed Treasure Island at the 2004 Southern Festival of Books. Her poetry has received awards in several states, and her Civil War Poetry in Two Voices was read at the 2005 Romanian Writers' Festival in Bucharest. Nancy lives in Franklin, Tennessee.

© Nancy Fletcher-Blume

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