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August 31, 2021

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An excellent poem by one of my all-time faves, and what an insightful comment. Thank you, Ms Ball.

What's a canebreak?

Thanks, Molly! I wish you lived across the street. And Angela is something else! As for "canebrake," Bruno, I have no idea. But when I read Angela's comments for the first time yesterday morning, I thought it sort of an example of the "postmodernism" she refers to: I just lifted it out of Tennessee Ernie Ford's hit song "Sixteen Tons." Such thievery is common among us pomosexuals.

I believe canebrake refers either to athicket of grasses or a part of Alabama (or both):
<<<
I was born one mornin', it was drizzlin' rain
Fightin' and trouble are my middle name
I was raised in the canebrake* by an ol' mama lion
Cain't no-a high-toned woman make me walk the line
You load sixteen tons, what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint peter don't you call me 'cause i can't go
I owe my soul to the company store.
>>>

A canebrake (also canebreak) is a thicket of giant grasses. Think bamboo-tall.

Enjoyed the poem! Thanks for sharing!

Thanks Molly, Bruno, Jim, David, and Annette.
I'm proud to have posted this fine poem.

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