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A Little Piece of Home

by Sandra Bounds

September Now
in the Mississippi Delta.
The dazzling whiteness of cotton
fields that stretch beyond sight
in every direction covers
rich ebony soil beds
like king-size counterpanes.
The fiery heat of Summer’s tyrant sun
has tried and refined the cotton,
readied it for harvest.
Haunting beauty of this rural landscape
endears and endures.
A little piece of home.

Sandra Bounds was born in Mississippi and lives in Macon. She has a Master of Arts in English and has taught in both high school and community college. An active member of the Mississippi Poetry Society, she was its 2005 Poet of the Year, and the society published a chapbook of her poetry to honor that selection. She has won many awards in contests sponsored by the society and has been published in such journals as Art Gulf Coast,  The Lyric, The Road Not Taken, Sharing, The Well-Tempered Sonnet and Westward Quarterly. Readers may remember her from her poem, “Mississippi Speaks,” published earlier this month. 

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  • Jennifer Riley / September 30, 2012

    *endears and endures* I like the pairing.

  • Penny Nichols / October 13, 2012

    I am not a literary person, however, I am a painter and can see a vivid scene well worth painting just from your words. Thank you for blessing me with the opportunity to read about yourself and your work!

  • Wynne / October 1, 2013

    Cotton in the Delta, a lovely sight! Thanks for the imagery…. farewell to September!

  • Jude Carlin / April 9, 2014

    I am transported to precious memories of time spent with precious people when I read this work.