Poetry   

 
SOUTHERN PORCH AS SYMBOL
By Mal G. King
 
The Southern porch:
web site
of a softer time
and a gentler pace
of open hearts
and story hour
of mint-scented tea
and smiling melons
of tall tales while children listen on pallets
and lightning bugs blind their enemies with tiny bursts of flame
of stories of quieter and harder times
and homemade ice cream tingling the tongue
of  cotton fields and bumpy country roads
and lullabies in the night and summer melting into perfume
of forgettable two-hour sermons
and unforgettable songs
of tree houses high in the Tarzan Woods
and swamp oak near the brook
of  a refreshing swim in Sugar Creek
and robins all around.
 
The Southern Porch
midwife
to
stories
and
fellowship
and
laughter
and
human warmth
and
tradition
and
history
and
kinfolk
and
common union
and
communion
and
God.
 
 
The Southern Porch
as half-way house
half-in (part of the house)
half-out (part of the outdoors)
half-truth
half-fiction
half-mystery
half-romance
half-musical
All magic.
 
The Southern Porch
Not a paltry-story hour
But a story-filled life.
God, I miss it!