‘Jalopy’s Most Important Audience

‘Jalopy’s Most Important Audience

Last year I released a piece entitled Jalopy that is dedicated to my grandfather, Cleo “Grandaddy” Herndon, who passed away in 2009.

During a trip in June to South Georgia I had the chance to play a recording of it for the most important audience that will ever hear it: Cleo’s widow, my grandmother, Rosalyn “Munnie” Herndon.

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She recently turned 91 and lives in a nursing home where she says she is “blessed” to have people to take care of her and a private room to retreat to when she would like to be alone. Her room is full of books, artwork she made as well as some from her children and grandchildren, and pictures of her family.

Beside her bed is a picture of Cleo.

 

Even We Are Good

Even We Are Good

All the leaves in the canopy

The Lord knows every one

Every grain of sand beneath the seas

And baking in the sun

All the flakes on every peak

He calls them all by name

He warms our hearths when he speaks

Each leaping fiery flame

Every soul you’ve every known

He knitted them with care

Hand-placing every chromosome

And numbering every hair

He knows this world He’s spoken

As every author should

So you and I can trust Him

When He says even we are good

Living Lanterns

Living Lanterns

A summer stroll did one night yield

A luminescent surprise:

A harvest-ready lightning bug field

With fireflies on the rise.

I paused with my family there to note

And to watch these miracles fly;

Aleatoric embers floating

Like living lanterns towards the sky.

Blue Hallelujah

Blue Hallelujah

As summer emerges

from spring in Georgia,

the sky’s a Blue

Hallelujah.

The laughing leaves

in the nosebleed seats

enjoy the very

best view.

The wind who once whispered

now shouts like a drunk.

Though an amicable one,

it’s true.

The robins hop

through the lush green grace

under this Hallelujah

Blue.