What Thrills Me About The Deep Red South

Surging dolphins.

Ospreys carrying dinner.

Fried shrimp picnics on the banks of a bayou.

Box turtles crossing the yard.

Tree frogs on the window pane.

Corn snakes in the squash.

The size of grasshoppers.

How tall my basil grows.

The end of summer.

And the Make America Green Again 

bumper sticker I saw yesterday 

on a car whose driver I’d pay to meet.

Published by

Jean Ryan

Jean Ryan, a native Vermonter, lives in Lillian, Alabama. Her stories and essays have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies. She has also published a novel, LOST SISTER. Her short story collections, SURVIVAL SKILLS and LOVERS AND LONERS, are available online. STRANGE COMPANY, a collection of short nature essays, is available in paperback as well as digital and audio editions.

6 thoughts on “What Thrills Me About The Deep Red South

  1. Happy Thanksgiving! What a perfect poem to start the day. What I love about your poetry and prose is that it authentically pulses from the nanosecond it starts and brings me on its ride to its landing. What a gift! AND you paint, too. You are truly blessed as are we, your ardent fans and followers. Hail to thee! Wishing you and Cindy a truly authentic and bountiful Thanksgiving. The clarity of 20/20 now holds the promise of making Life truly great again! XOXO

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