"Strong Connection - poem" Reed family story
by- Patsy Jo Reed Sircy
You might have thought we had no LINK,
Now, let us examine, Spirits, side-by-side , to think;
Shared paths our ANCESTORS often took,
Led past material for many-a-book!
Meandering there, in the Tennessee hills,
Are ghosts of TALES, with world class THRILLS;
GAINESBORO guards the upper CUMBERLAND shore,
Has it's own Swiss Alps, Lost caves, and more.
Strong JACKSON COUNTY foremothers did it all,
Sent the Volunteers to answer FREEDOM's call;
Dug the roots, boiled the bark, were Doctor and Nurse,
At forefathers' sides, played roles you can't rehearse!
JACKSON COUNTY "COUSINS" wander every corner of the WORLD,
Held together by winding YARNS, some TOLD, some PURLED;
Afghan or Patchwork, common cover forms a bed,
Trailing THREAD of STEEL connects to anywhere you're led.
TAKE A MEMORY TRIP back with me, on the RAILWAY of the WORD,
Wade the CREEK, catch a FIREFLY, heed each "RATTLER" ever heard;
Stretch a CHAIN ACROSS THE AGES, COUNT the MILES, stop to THINK,
Scrutinize, you'll find NO WEAKNESS in a JACKSON COUNTY LINK!!!
19 JUNE 1996