Monthly posts to Tales from the Tapestry are written by Author/Storyteller/Playwright Linda Goodman. Linda is the author of Daughters of the Appalachians, which has been performed around the country both as a one-woman show and a play. She has been a professional storyteller since 1989. She is a Virgina Appalachian Mountain native of Melungeon descent.
I wrote the poem Aaron after readingEdwin Arlington Robinson'sRichard Cory, when I was a senior in high school. It was selected to be read as part of the Norfolk, Virginia "Turn On" in 1970, and it received a very nice review in the Virginian Pilot/Ledger Star newspaper. I have included it as one of Boojie's poems in my book Boojie's People, which will be released this summer.
(c) Linda Goodman 1970
was a cruel man. His mother told me so.
was quiet, but his ways were rough (This, for fact, I know).
had a brother, Timmy, who was full of charm and looks.
was his mother’s pride and joy, and was always reading books.
Aaron was mean and Aaron was crude and he never stopped to think.
did as he pleased, and he said what he meant, and he drank what he wanted to
even today, I remember so well the night that his poor mother died.
lips formed the words, “I love Timmy,” but Aaron was the one who cried.
why he did that peculiar thing, I suppose I’ll never know.