Woods in appalachia

Woods written by Evelyn Louzine Wilson aka Granny

Someday I knew I would return
to yonder shaded wood.
And dream the dreams of yesterday
to keep the ones I could.

When springtime lusts have left the paths
we’ve wandered on below.
Through time we’ve struggled on to keep
the ones who could not go.

To waste the time of writing this
is just delight to show.
When winter’s wrath erupts our path
we will have the snow.

*Copyright Evelyn Louzine Wilson


I wanted to share one of my favorite poems written by Granny-because it’s her birthday! If you have any to spare-send a good wish her way today.



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    rick kratzke
    March 9, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Happy Birthday Granny!
    I do love that poem as I look out the window to another 12+ inches of fresh snow.

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    Tim Mc
    March 7, 2013 at 6:39 am

    Opps sorry catching up on my reading,, Happy Birthday Granny,, May God bless you with many many more,, enjoyed the poem..

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    Suzi Phillips
    March 6, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    What a wonderful poem-hope Granny had the very happiest birthday!

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    Glynda P. Chambers
    March 6, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Happy Birthday, Granny. Hope it was your best birthday ever and that you have many, many more even better.

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    Barry upward
    March 6, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Happy Birthday Mrs, Wilson hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends.Enjoyed the poem beautiful job.Can see where Tipper gets come of her creative talents Again best wishes from Newfoundland, Canada P.S How are you faring with the snow we still have lots like two feet.Barry.

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    Allison Britt
    March 6, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    A great poem, just right for March!
    Happy Birthday to Granny!!
    Although my grandmother has been gone now for several years, March 6th is her birthdate as well. My birthday was yesterday, and I’ve always been glad that our Birthdays were so close together.
    Hope Granny agrees that March is a good month for Birthdays 🙂

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    March 6, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    What lovely thoughts are in the poem.
    Happy Birthday Granny, with prayers for many many more.
    God bless.

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    March 6, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Happy Birthday Granny and may you have have many more and each one be better than the one before

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    Sue Crane
    March 6, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Happy Birthday to Granny!!! Hope she has a wonderful day.
    What a talent she has. You come by yours honestly — from both sides.

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    janet pressley
    March 6, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Happy birthday Granny!!! Beautiful poem!

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    March 6, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Happy Birthday, Granny! May the good Lord bless you for many more years of good health and happiness! I loved your poem; it was a delight to read!

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    March 6, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    I so Love the poem.I ditto above comments.Tears fall as I admire the poem writers abilitys!Thank you Granny,wishing you a very Bless Birthday.Jean

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    Peggy Lambert
    March 6, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Tipper, I do not know who Granny Wilson is , but I wish her a “Happy Birthday” and many, many more.
    I have a Granny Mary Wilson in my maternal family line, which I know nothing about except she married Alexander McDaniel and they lived in Cherokee County, NC and he died coming back from the West in KY. Also, have the Rapier’s/Raper’s that lived in Cherokee County, NC in the vicinity of Nottley/Nottla Ri. Each had a 640 acre reservation in 1817-1819 and were part Cherokee.
    Have snow here today.
    “Great Poem.” Has great meaning.
    Peggy L.

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    March 6, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Happy birthday Granny! We love your poem and wish you a very wonderful day!!

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    Tony Maynard
    March 6, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Happy Birthday Granny!I hope you have a great day!

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    March 6, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    What a moving, wistful poem! Thanks for sharing and Happy Birthday Granny!

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    March 6, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I have gotten on late, and usually do not post when this happens. But, just have to compliment Granny on her wonderful poem. I suspected she had a lot of depth, and now we know. When one lives in these mountains, it seems only natural to explain the beauty in poetry or song.
    I also love to write poetry, and I can be inspired by the simple things of nature. And as you, Tipper, I have a need to study and write about those folks who have long ago left this earth, and sometimes the only clues they actually lived are names etched on a tombstone. I have unraveled some amazing stories with the Ancestor sites.

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    March 6, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Happy Birthday Granny! I love the poem. Tipper, you have great talent on both sides of your family!

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    March 6, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Happy Birthday Granny Wilson—-and I loved your poem–you should share some more of your work.

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    Lonnie L. Dockery
    March 6, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Happy Birthday!! Love the poem!

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    Bob and Inez Jones
    March 6, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Happy Birthday Granny Wilson. May God bless you with many more happy and healthy years. I love your Poem and maybe Tipper will be gracious and print more of them. Happy Day from Canada!Bob and Inez Jones

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    Ron Banks
    March 6, 2013 at 10:16 am

    I loved the poem and happy birthday to Granny Wilson!

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    Mrs. K
    March 6, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Beautiful poem. Happy Birthday, Granny, have a lovely day.

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    Ron Perry, Sr.
    March 6, 2013 at 9:38 am

    God bless you Granny, and Happy Birthday. Tipper, crack open her notebook and give us more of her gems.

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    Nina Chastain
    March 6, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Beautiful poem !! Happy Birthday to your sweet Mother !! I bet everyone would love to hear her read the poem . So fitting for this beautiful snowy day.

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    March 6, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Happy birthday Granny. Enjoyed reading your poem.

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    March 6, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Tipper, thanks for sharing Granny’s much-more-in-depth-than- surface reading reveals poem! It is not only beautiful, but insipital–that is, has many “in depth” meanings. And yes, Bradley, I did read what you said about my reading it! I not only read it, but made a copy because I want to keep it among treasured poems. I even thought of our superb Georgia mountain poet, Byron Herbert Reece. Granny Wilson’s poem has echoes of the poems he wrote with such depth of thought and expertise of form–flowing, as a mountain stream! First of all, the “shaded wood” is a beautiful place; but it is also a symbol for all of life! How insightful! Indeed, in memory, we all travel the roads back to the “shaded wood” and glean from the journey much “to keep the ones I could”–not only of memories but of people! And with what perception did she give us the passing of youth in her selection of “springtime lusts have left the paths.” How aptly stated–and how poetically! And, indeed, she did not “waste time” to write the poem, Evelyn Louzine Wilson–Granny–for she not only “showed delight” with what she wrote–and with her perception and insight–but the product of her pen gave us delight as well! What a line is this–with so many poetic devices in one line: allliteration, assonance,internal rhyme: “When winter’s wrath erupts our path” Indeed, I see that as a brilliant line. And then to close: “we will have the snow”–physically, but much more in depth the winter, the snows of life itself–as it moves naturally on to a close. Did I enjoy this poem? Yes! Happy birthday, Mrs. Wilson! I would love to meet you in person and listen to you read your own poems! I’m sure you must have more! With this one selected to post Tipper no doubt considered the particular weather in the mountains now. As I look back on poems I have written, I can be easily transported to the time, place, event or persons who inspired them. Thank you for “Woods” and its level of meanings! Happy, happy birthday, Mrs. Wilson! Keep writing!

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    March 6, 2013 at 8:46 am

    It was smart to copyright the beautiful poem. I would hate to see it published under someone elses name and have them get credit for Granny’s talent.
    Happy Birthday Granny! Wishing you good health and happiness.

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    Sheryl Paul
    March 6, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Beautiful Poem. Happy Birthday Granny, may your day be filled with family and happiness.

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    Susan C
    March 6, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Wishing Granny an extra special day!

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    Barbara Woodall
    March 6, 2013 at 8:06 am

    I just FLAT LOVED THIS!!
    Happy B.Day Gran!! Keep it coming!

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    Jane Bolden
    March 6, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Have a Happy Birthday, Miss Evelyn. Love your poem! Love to hear more.

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    Eva Nelll Mull Wike, Ph.D.
    March 6, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Tipper: We wish Granny a perfect BIRTHDAY today. With a ‘touch’ of snow she very well knows that SPRING will be here soon. Sunshine is on the way from the WEST!
    Warmest regards,
    Eva Nell

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    Mike McLain
    March 6, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Enjoyed the poem. Happy Birthday, Granny!

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    March 6, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Goodness, I forgot to say how much I like the poem! Read it three times, and will come back and read it again, I’m sure. Thank you for sharing it!

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    March 6, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Happy Birthday, Granny! I hope you spend the day doing everything you like best! 🙂

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    Mary Shipman
    March 6, 2013 at 7:28 am

    Happy birthday, Granny.
    It’s easy to understand why this is a favorite poem, Tipper. I loved it.

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    Miss Cindy
    March 6, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Happy Birthday to Granny. The poem is beautiful. It reflects great depth like a still deep pond.
    We have a little snow here today and lots of wind and cold temps.

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    Ed Ammons
    March 6, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Tipper-You have been hiding a sleeper. I love Granny’s poem!
    Granny-I am wishing you the best birthday ever today and many more to follow!

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    March 6, 2013 at 6:03 am

    Lovely poem. Happy Birthday Granny.

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    Gorges Smythe
    March 6, 2013 at 5:58 am

    Granny did good.

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    March 6, 2013 at 5:15 am

    What a great poem for this day! It is unbelievably beautiful. I can’t wait for Ethelene Dyer Jones to read this. Being a gifted poet herself, she will know instantly how good this is.
    I’ll go for now but, I hope Granny has a happy birthday and gets lots of presents.

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    B. ruth
    March 6, 2013 at 5:14 am

    and Granny….
    Granny have a Happy Birthday and many happy returns….
    Tipper, we have snow here this morning, can’t see much outside here, but maybe a half-inch or so..or is that a skiff of snow..
    Have a good day and enjoy cake!
    Thanks Tipper, and I loved Grannys poem….

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    Don Casada
    March 6, 2013 at 4:39 am

    Happy Birthday, Granny Evelyn Louzine Jenkins Wilson!

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