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Knights Of The Field

 Arlene Bridges
 Arlene Bridges
Knights Of The Field
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Arlene Bridges is a native of Carlinville IL, the mother of two sons and a writer of short stories, poetry and enjoys narrating with a soft, more Southern drawl in the hope that story-telling in the style of Mark Twain is still alive and kicking. She is currently working on a novel. A member of Carlinville Writers Guild, Arlene enjoys the challenges they offer as well as the positive motivation and feedback from fellow Guild members. When not writing she enjoys family, friends, baking, oil painting, and is trying to save the Amazon with her collection of plants and flowers. Arlene is always in search of eclectic coffee shops and cafes that are ‘off the beaten path’ for inspiration, good conversation and for a satisfying cup of coffee as well.
Issue 109 · poetry
free verse ·  
Knights Of The Field
They’re getting old, these knights of the field.
Close to midday they set aside their plows;
some drive tractors into town
where they gather in the old café
to sit around a large, wooden table
with other, older knights of the field.
They come and go, yet each chair is filled—
save one, which might be left empty
in honor of knights long gone.
They’re dressed in bib overalls,
faded to white, worn over elbow-patched shirts
of plaid, and sturdy scuffed brown leather boots
for hopping over clods.
They bring with them the sweet scent of cattle
and newly mown hay; mop their brows with large,
paisley kerchiefs kept in a pocket near their heart.
They sit at the table, hands scrubbed clean.
A smaller, round version of them is their lady fair,
a cap of pink on a shock of gray-blond hair.
Fair-to middling can be heard as well as
about the same, can’t complain,
And stuff about the weather.
They order hamburgers, fries, sweet cream
for their coffee; slabs of apple pie.
They leave the table, say no good-byes
it’s see ya later if the good Lord willing and
Macoupin Creek don’t rise.


  1 week ago · in response to Kas Sartori

    Thank you Kas.
  1 week ago
You’ve painted a vivid scene that I’d like to visit!
  2 weeks ago
nice job young lady keep writing


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