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Kentucky Color: The Great Wooded South

A poem by Billy Joe Fudge, with photos from CM archives by Billy Joe Fudge, George Kolbenschlag, Amy Waggener, and Pen. Note: Click title to see video and poem text.

The Great Wooded South
By Billy Joe Fudge

The Great Wooded South is more
Than a sum of its many parts;
It's the firmest of foundations
Upon which we rest our hearts.

The Great Wooded South is more
Than clearings amidst many trees;
It's the end of the rainbow,
That dreamers and seers see.

The Great Wooded South is more
Than tiny waypoints on some maps;
It's community and neighbors,
Hard work and afternoon naps.

The Great Wooded South is more
Than an imagined place in time;
It's about battles fought and won,
Confident hope and peace of mind.

Yes, the Great Wooded South is more
Than a woodlot beyond our home;
It's a forest safe and secure,
Where no one need stand alone.

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