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Travelling back in time on a Flat Rock roadby Rob Neufeld             If you walk the one mile length of North Highland Lake Road in Flat Rock, you step nearly 200 years into the past.            At the east end, the 21st century reigns.  Fronting six-lane Spartanburg Highway, a super-Ingles sits above a bog; and a CVS store faces an Octopus Garden smoke shop, a chiropractor, a cell phone provider, and a six-lane avenue to I-26 a mile away .            Neither Ingles nor CVS carries the big…See More
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The Green Girls by Nancy Simpson


A young woman with pale lips

sulks under a Mimosa tree

holding knees close to her breast.

She does not wave at me today

as I drive past. I know why

or think I know, having seen

her sister walking on the road,

head down, tears on her face.

Why have they quarreled?

One is not lovelier than the other.

Both are smart. I heard

their teacher say one could run

a corporation. The other

might be governor someday.


Mimosa is not Poinciana

though there is relation in the shape

of leaves that never grow larger

than the size of fingernails.

These sisters have power.

They turn back my seasons. I sit

with my back against the trunk

of an old tree, raucous with blooms,

myself young and growing. Poinciana

leaves in profusion turn yellow

and shed, painting my old home

front steps in sunny pointillism.

Mother appears, still sweeping,

still trying to remove the stain.

More lasting than a painting,

my sister comes out of the house.

She slams the door, her anger

as vivid to me now as it was.


I want to tell the Green Girls

they will forget why they quarreled.

When they ask their mother, she'll say

she doesn't remember or will blame it

on the tree's inordinate shedding.

I want to tell them the word despise

is sometimes used among the young,

assure them the kinship of sisters

transcends roots, trunk and crown

of almost any tree that grows.

by Nancy Simpson


I first met Nancy Simpson almost 2 years ago at the Netwest Mountain Writers and Poets monthly meeting- Coffee With The Poets. I was immediately drawn to her powerful poetry written about my beloved Appalachia.

Although I don't have a sister,The Green Girls spoke to me because it fit Chitter and Chatter's relationship so well. The girls sometimes argue until a real fistie cuff takes place and someone has to tear them apart-but if an outsider slights (real or imagined) one of them- the other is ready to take on the world with one hand tied behind her back-just begging them to try and hurt her sister again. At our house there are slamming doors, tears, drama, and loving camaraderie in the sister department-just like in The Green Girls.

Nancy Simpson has authored 2 books-Across Water and Night Student. Her poems have been published in various publications such as-The Georgia Review, Southern Poetry Review, and Prairie Schooner. Recently her work as been included in the text books Southern Appalachian Poetry and The Poets Guide to the Birds. Nancy teaches poetry at Young Harris College and is the Resident Writer at the John C. Campbell Folk School. As you can see-I'm not the only fan she has. To find out more about Nancy Simpson please visit her at Living Above the Frost Line.

I ask Nancy if she could sum up her feelings about Appalachia for me. Nancy said:

Appalachia is home in my heart. I was pulled to these mountains of Western North Carolina in the 1960s. I became a student of education at Western Carolina University, graduated and taught in Clay County Schools for 26 years.

I had never written a poem before, but after living in the mountains, I started writing. I studied and earned a Master of Fine Arts in Writing at Warren Wilson College.

Appalachia is the place where my soul found peace, where I found the home in my heart.


Sounds like Appalachia is responsible for Nancy's writing-something I can totally relate too.

Hope you enjoyed The Green Girls and learning about a very talented Appalachian Writer-Nancy Simpson.

Tipper

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