- Family Reunion
Sunlight glints off the chrome of many cars.Cousins chatter like a flock of guineas.In the shade of oaks and maplessix tables standfilled with good things to eat.Only the jars of iced tea sweat.
Here the living and dead minglelike sun and shadow under old trees.
For the dead have come too,those dark, stern departed who poseall year in oval picture frames.
They are looking out of the eyes of children,young sproutswhose laughter bloomsfresh as the new flowers in the graveyard. [End Page 9]
Jim Wayne Miller was a legendary teacher and presence at the Appalachian Writers' Workshop. His books include Copperhead Cane, Dialogue With A Dead Man, The Mountains Have Come Closer, Vein Of Words, Nostalgia for 70, Brier: His Book, and Newfound. He served as Kentucky Poet Laureate in 1986 and was inducted posthumously into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame in 2015. He died on August 18, 1996.