Under the greenwood tree
Who loves to lie with me,
And turn his merry note
Unto the sweet bird's throat...

- W. Shakespeare

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Greenwood Times is delighted to showcase writings from the Greenwood Poetry Circle –  included are poets Amy Alley, Charlotte Ehney, Lee Padgett, Virginia Pulver, and Amaryllis Turman.

The Guild

The Greenwood Writers’ Guild was organized on May 25, 1976, by a small group of area residents with the purpose of encouraging and stimulating local writers by providing them a forum to share their work. The last charter member, Dell Dowling, died in 2011 at the age of 96. 

Since its founding, the Guild has provided numerous workshops, meetings, and contests to promote local talent and to attract members.  The Guild was instrumental in bringing Alex Haley to Lander in 1977 just after “Roots” aired as the first-ever television mini-series.  Similarly, in 1987, the Guild helped to bring Bennie Lee Sinclair, then Poet Laureate of South Carolina to Greenwood. 

Guild meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 in the Federal Building and are open to the public.

 

The Persistence of Red

The only promise they ever made
to one another
was not to disappear.

And so it was the only one broken.

He disappeared completely
leaving behind
a trail
of red words.
………………………….

“You are the least colorful artist
I’ve ever known,” she remembers a friend
saying.

She surveys her wardrobe
filled with grey and black and white
and knows her friend is right.
But how can she tell anyone
that the colors
all disappeared
when he did?

Except for one, of course.
Red.
The color of love.
The color of pain.
The color of trust,
broken.

She sits before the easel now
and dips a brush into the
deepest black.
She layers it over
the color of red,
but it persists in her memory,
just like his last words to her.

She persists as well.

Gazing at the red before her
she dips the brush into black once more
and wonders if persistence
is enough.

Amy Loftis Alley

Amy Loftis Alley, B.F.A., M.A.T., is a mother, artist, educator, writer, knitter, blogger, free spirit and tree-hugging lover of nature who resides in Upstate South Carolina. Her art is in public and private collections nationally and abroad. Her first novel, The Absence of Anyone Else, was released in fall 2009 and is available anywhere that sells fine books and as a Kindle ebook via Amazon.com.
 
 
Rendezvous

When the full moon beckons
I escape my safe abode
choosing instead to travel
a path of moonbeams
to the spirit world.

The ancient ones guard the faint trail
invisible to most human eyes
but I am blessed by Mother Moon
with second sight
granting me entry
to that mystic realm
where I dance with the fae
under the silvery light
until the rooster’s crow
signals Aurora to arise
bringing forth the day.

The fairies retire
taking shelter to safely slumber
through the sun’s harsh rays
as I retrace my steps
to the world of mortals
until the moon beckons me once more.

Charlotte Ehney

Charlotte is a native of South Carolina and resides in Greenwood. She is the Program Director for The Child’s Place, a Sexual Trauma & Counseling Center that coordinates services for children with open investigations of physical or sexual abuse. She is a member of the Greenwood Writer’s Guild and Poetry Circle. Charlotte received an Honorable Mention for her short story “The Game” in the 77th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition (Genre Category) and an Honorable Mention in the Fifth Annual Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards for the story “Full Circle”. Charlotte’s poems have appeared in the column “Birthing the Writer Mother” on LiteraryMama.com and in Thump magazine and have been displayed at the Greenwood Arts Center.

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Comments

Words are modest costumes

Great representation of the somewhat secret talents sprinkled across the county's green terrain.