Twin Beeches -- an Illinois Love Story
Author: paul schoaff

Chapter 100
Elegy and Goodbye

(Narrator voice)

Elegy and Goodbye


When the dust settled, this is all that remains.  I hope you found the parts of my novel I have shared with you both entertaining and 'educational'. 



(Eddie's Song)



On the flat-fertile Illinois prairie

'Neath a moonless and star sprinkled sky,

I have sensed the world slowly spinning.


Felt the planet-gear-grinding vibration

Infusing my feet and my legs and my groin

Tympannically tickling the drum of my stomach.


On a bluff 'bove the river, my brother and I

Mourning our father, kept silence together,

Watching the lightning majestically striding,

Strobing the prairie and shocking the valley.


I can taste,

 Like a prodigal salmon at sea,

On the leeside of every westerly wind,

The fer'tile fields and nut-tre'ed hills

Of Illinois pastures, of childhood home.


I can dream-sip

water from the deep barnyard well,

And wake with this terrible aching to hold

The long-lost ladle in my older-now hand.


I can feel

the soft fingers of sweet Mother's hand,

Dipped in cool water and laid on my brow,

Easing the fever of viral pneumonia

And hearing her praying, sleep on and sleep on.



the wind rushes through what is left of my hair,

Through loose summer clothing, our winter is gone.

Speeding along on the rim of Lake Erie,

Computing the miles, the hours to home.


Swooping and diving, twisting and turning,

Reaching for heaven - arms turning to stone,

Embracing the dawn glow, as stars wink away,

Silently screaming with joy - ILLINOIS!


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