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Pa and me went over to the grain silos where grain had overflowed and rotted on the ground.

pa was mad
started diggin' in the rot
with his spade
said be carefull
to break open the clods
don't tear
the nightcrawlers
in two
ain't no good for fishin'
if they was dead
I sunk down
in the muck
(stunk like shit)
oozed between my toes
nearly to my knees
pecker gnats
swarmed me
pa kept diggin'
turnin'dirt over
said William,
who tied Jilly and Millys'
tails together?
(jilly and milly was our two milkcows)
I didn't say nothin'
concentrated on
pickin' worms
my face got red
ears too(flame on)
freckles tried to escape
I was stuck
wasn't gonna' tell pa
nothin'
dropped folgers can of worms
caught 'em back up
pa's still diggin'
glarin' at me
asked me again
ain't talkin'
know'd it weren't me
couldn't say(like I can now)
that it was(my brothers artis duane
and vonnie lee)
that done it
tied them cows tails
together with balin' twine
hit 'em on the ass
with sticks
pulled their tails
off
vonnie and artis
went and hid awhile
come home later
pretended they didn't
know nothin'
told granny
to ask me
pa said it sounded
like somethin'
I'd do
I did burn the outhouse down
once
by accident(another story)
pa said to finish
pickin' worms
come home
when I get done
get ready
for a thrashin'
he went home
I wasn't lookin' forward
to no whippin'
I ain't snitchin'
either
got home
pa was waitin'
with the razor strap
walked over to pa
closed my eyes
waited
all clinched up
waited
held my breath
waited
pa says,
You didn't do it, did you William?
No sir, I said.
pa was rightly smart
could put two and two together
we went out
bandaged up the cows
put a poultice on their
broke off tails
vonnie lee and artis duane
got a good lickin'
but I never told
till just now

Pa didn't cotton to snitches
any more than he did a liar.



(from the Hillbilly Chronicles)
of William Hill


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The following comments are for "Diggin ' Up Worms"
by williamhill

tie flies instead
now you know you're a redneck, when you know the difference tween a nightcrawler and an earthworm. This is adorable and very much like the small town kids grew to know, enjoyed it thoroughly...Bob:)ya ever fly fish?

( Posted by: poetryman [Member] On: September 19, 2004 )

These...
Sure, do bring back memories... some good... some not so good... but these sure are a walk into the past for me...

I love them... Don't ever stop...

( Posted by: daprdan [Member] On: September 20, 2004 )

Zebco 202 Bob
I didn't learn to flyfish until my late teens. I was a canepole man until dad bought me that zebco. It was the coolest thing in the whole world. Zebco and redneck go hand in hand.
Thanks Bob.

charlie


Thanks Dan, I'm workin' on it...... and the memories.

charlie.

( Posted by: williamhill [Member] On: September 20, 2004 )

aww be a redneck, lol
claire a redneck has so many different meanings , when I was a kid, it only meant mountain boy or, a fisher and hunter who lived in the mountains, jeff foxworthy and many others have made it such a derogatory term, but actually tis supposed to be endearing....Bob

( Posted by: poetryman [Member] On: September 20, 2004 )

hookers and hookees
if you own a Garcia claire, then you must own an ugly stick too. would your favorite bass bait be a Jig and Pig? just wonderin'.

charlie

( Posted by: williamhill [Member] On: September 20, 2004 )

Rednecks
Rednecks were protesters in Scotland a few hundred years ago. They wore red scarves around their necks to protest The official "Church" oppression for their right to be protestants and worship freely. I am proud to be associated with my Scottish brothers and their struggles. You are right Bob, it is an endearing term.

charlie

( Posted by: williamhill [Member] On: September 20, 2004 )

Dynamite
Well, I reckon that lets you out of the boat when we're lightin' up quartersticks of TNT? I like to jug fish for catfish too. they is the best tastin' fish in da world. It's cool bein' country huh Claire?

charlie.

( Posted by: williamhill [Member] On: September 20, 2004 )

Again
This is not poetry, although fairly decent writing. It belongs somewhere else. All the comments were interesting though. I'm getting a clearer picture of you y'all are. So thanks for that.

( Posted by: Staggerlee [Member] On: September 21, 2004 )

Stag
Never said it was poetry.

By the way Stag, what is poetry?

Just wonderin' Y'all.

williamhill

( Posted by: williamhill [Member] On: September 21, 2004 )

lilia
I never said I didn't like you. I do.And I think you are a pretty dang good poet too. I disagree with some of your politics is all. And, you're funny as hell. thanks for the comment.I Do appreciate it.

charlie.

( Posted by: williamhill [Member] On: September 21, 2004 )

Bill
If it's not poetry then why are you posting it in Poetry? This could be great dialogue for a short story or even a novella.

( Posted by: Staggerlee [Member] On: September 21, 2004 )

Stag
I never said it wasn't either.

williamhill

( Posted by: williamhill [Member] On: September 21, 2004 )

Poetry
Wouldn't this be considered free verse poetry? If not, why not? Also, I enjoyed it immensely...reminded me of my dad who was born in 1911. Used some of his expressions. Thanks for the memories!

( Posted by: Angelchik [Member] On: November 7, 2004 )

diggin' worms
yes it is free verse Angelchik. some folks have a problem with the idea. it's ok though. i really enjoy writing this way. thanks for readin.'

williamhill

( Posted by: williamhill [Member] On: November 7, 2004 )





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