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Phillip Coffey - Sawed Down

Sawed Down by Phillip Coffey

"Never in the history of motion pictures has the calvary ever been late"
Or so they said on a "Three Stooges" film clip seen by my two cousins And me.
Now all the character actors are gone- lying down under the ground.

Don't recall when or why we did it but we notched it all on a very small Maple tree, my two cousins and I.
Took off a day of riding our horses along the ridges and in some spring hollers.

No good reason for carving in such a beautiful thing on a clear summer day.
Sap oozing on the silver,Tree Brand knife blade in my aged memory Just a short distance from our tobacco barn-later torn down, razed above the ground.

Two near elderly cousins way beyond middle years-the other long gone.
No evidence to confirm it-sawed down, put in a wood burning stove
To warm all of those present way down to the bones.

Fella from way up yonder in a Northern state bought the property.
Successful farmer and carpenter with a shiny new barn.
Much of everything else went up in smoke, sawed off or gone away.

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