This Is Where: Deep in The Woods of East Texas

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A photo from Cathy Wells of Palestine, Texas of her mother's burial plot

It's National Poetry Month and our friends at public radio WLRN in Miami, in conjunction with O, Miami poetry festival have launched a poetry project they're calling "This Is Where."

We've asked you to submit your own poems about places that have had meaning. Every Wednesday this month we'll be featuring one of your poems. To participate, write a short poem describing a place that is important to you and submit it either here at or on Twitter.

If you're submitting on Twitter, include the hashtag #ThisIsWhere. If you're in South Florida be sure to tweet it to @WLRN, and if you live anywhere else tweet it to us @TheTakeaway, or give us a call at 1-877-869-8253.

Among the memorable listener-submitted poems was the one below from listener Cathy Wells of Palestine, Texas. Her poem describes a cemetery deep in the woods of East Texas. 

Today she explains the story behind the poem, and how one plot of land connects her family across generations.

This is where my mother is buried.

This is where I will be buried too.

In a family cemetery on

This land, cleared and tamed and fenced

By a child-bride who celebrated her golden wedding anniversary

Before she lay down, deep in the woods of East Texas

Beneath the tall pines punctuated by brilliant dogwoods

Mere steps from the home she kept

And swept

And where she slept,

Not forever, but just for the night

With the man who tamed the land with her

and oversaw the digging and the laying of the stone.

Who mows and tends this place alone,

This place where my mother is buried. 



Cathy Wells

Hosted by:

Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Mythili Rao


T.J. Raphael

Comments [3]

Randy Hair from Mountain View, CA

I was listening to Cathy Wells' wonderful poem and story with interest... and then was greatly surprised when she briefly mentioned the adventure of living in Teheran and graduating in 1976 at the Embassy there. I whipped out my Teheran American School yearbook and there she was. Great story, Cathy, and well told.

Apr. 23 2014 04:20 PM
Cathy Wells from Palestine, Texas

Thank you, Dan, for your kind words. I was inspired by the other poems and stories I've heard on The Takeaway and was honored to be able to share a little about my family and the place that means so much to me.

Apr. 23 2014 03:40 PM
Dan Sarper from Aventura, Fl.

To the producer(Sorry, I forgot your name.) I thought the one word that best describes Cathy Wells' poem and talk is "beautiful." The sound of her voice, what she said, and how she said it. I haven't been able to find an email or phone number for her. If you can, and if you feel it's appropriate, please let her know. Thank you, Dan Sarper, Aventura, Florida.(W.L.R.N., 91,3fm)

Apr. 23 2014 02:14 PM

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