Brenda Kay Ledford
Those marketers must have mocked
hillbillies of Southern Appalachia
as they named subdivisions:
Chestnut Cove, Cherrywood, Hickory Hollow,
Poplar Ridge, Pine Grove, Dogwood Drive,
Sourwood Summit, Smoke Rise, and Eagle View.
Their gimmicks drew greedy developers
to clear-cut the virgin timber,
crush the land of the Cherokee,
destroy habitats, wildlife.
They leveled the woods,
uprooted the wildflowers,
stabbed the ridges with roads,
mud bled down the hillsides;
the willow tree wept.
Light oozed through black gum
like bile, creeks reeked with trash,
the Blue Ridge Mountains trembled
as a track hoe sliced the forest
and ground its bones into dust.