Using a behind-the-ear
algebra class No. 2 pencil,
he rewinds and Alabama mix tape
so it can be played through
pickup truck speakers.
She stares at his feet,
studying what will one day
be carrying her
away from here.
This is an excerpt from my poem, ‘Alabama mix tape and a No. 2 pencil,’ which appears in my collection titled, “Country Songs and Backroad Love Notes” – available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle.
Steven Harz was the 2013 winner of the international People’s Poetry Contest and is a three-time winner of The Iron Writer Challenge. Steve still writes poetry, but now it rhymes and is put to music – either acoustic with a Martin or electric with a Gretsch.
Songwriting influences are: John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, Blze Foley, Jessi Alexander, Tyler Childers, Lori McKenna, Gabe Lee, Luz, Cleto Cordero, Jason Isbell, and of course, Willie and Dolly!
Music is available on all streaming platforms – please check it out!
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