You got an elegy
when you needed an ode
The culmination of years
on your most breathtaking features

I was built for heartbreak
I was built to absorb woes
To feed soul
To see potential
And have it
disappoint me

Shout! I made it out
And I’ve seen the world
Reached an age
where I sometimes wonder
If I could find content coming back
to the hilly Appalachian home
Or if this perseverance
keeps me going

Your quiet mountains, humble
My quiet insides, rumble

S. L. Cottle

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