Hammocks

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There is no question about it, hammocks are essential to living in the beaches of Brunswick County. What better place to stretch out and relax? Weekends or weekdays, retired or still working  – it does not make a difference. You can read a book or take a nap – stretch out after mowing or working in the garden – swing lazily or frolic with the kids in a hammock. No matter your style of living, hammocks fit right in. They can be strung between trees or placed free standing on a patio or porch. You can even take one down to the beach to relax in the sun or under a canopy. Here is my take on the hammock in my front yard:

HAMMOCK*

This hammock, connecting
tree to tree, becomes a
suspension bridge for ants
who travel the rope that
borders the edge. Focused,
they never lose their way,
never deviate into the web
of highways, the tempting
byways of the green
knotted network that forms
the bed. While live oak branches
bow in an elegant sweep
to the ground, pieces of sky
hide among the leaves overhead.
A blue jay startles herself
by landing too close to
the hammock. A mockingbird,
so enraptured by his own song,
lifts straight up from a fence post
at intervals in his singing.
A grey squirrel sits in
a patch of sun, holds
a toadstool in her paws,
turning it with her delicate
fingers as she eats her
way around the edge. This
is the business of the world.
Our business is not to miss it.

Rebecca Pierre

*This poem has been published in: Literary Trails of Eastern North Carolina: A Guidebook by Georgann Eubanks. The book is described on Amazon this way:

“This concluding volume of the Literary Trails of North Carolina trilogy takes readers into an ancient land of pale sand, dense forests, and expansive bays, through towns older than our country and rich in cultural traditions. Here, writers reveal lives long tied to the land and regularly troubled by storms and tell tales of hardship, hard work, and freedom. Eighteen tours lead readers from Raleigh to the Dismal Swamp, the Outer Banks, and across the Sandhills as they explore the region’s connections to over 250 writers of fiction, poetry, plays, and creative nonfiction. Along the way, Georgann Eubanks brings to life the state’s rich literary heritage as she explores these writers’ connection to place and reveals the region’s vibrant local culture. Excerpts invite readers into the authors’ worlds, and web links offer resources for further exploration. Featured authors include A. R. Ammons, Gerald Barrax, Charles Chesnutt, Clyde Edgerton, Philip Gerard, Kaye Gibbons, Harriet Jacobs, Jill McCorkle, Michael Parker, and Bland Simpson.”

Literary Trails of North Carolina is a project of the North Carolina Arts Council

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