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A Mountain Poem: Southern Mountains in Autumn

Tim Truzy is a poet, short-story author, and he is currently working on several novels.

Along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Mountains in Autumn

Autumn auburn:

Dreams stout upturn about

Morning spout mist churning—

Yearning awake.

Quakes of sunlight upon breaking heights replace,

Majestic manifestation cumulus clouds

Aloft alive teeming alone and loud

My meager station void and proud.

Ages old gone relearned,

Beneath fir and fern--

Coming cold,

Panning streams fish only gold.

Prospectors land digs deep hope

Holes earn minor maligned coats,

Streams gentle downward float.

The Blue Ridge Mountains

The Blue Ridge Mountains

O Mountains! Hold your secrets!

O Mountains! Hushed your crickets!
O Mountains! Leaves cleanse us decent!

Midday mourning moonshine

Voyages through chiseled tunnel

Vision offering rebellious yells

Over cliffs and rusted rails.

Maples map roads unsweetened

Orchards rotten apples uneaten,

Oaks cut down moved unbeaten,

Sunlight shine not weakened.

One man drives through pasture,

One man lives through disaster,

Another pauper ponder hereafter,

Mountain streams eon quiet laughter.

Banjos echo evening event,

Fiddling away in time:

Piano staccato blue blades of grass,

Cabins summer forgotten class.

Autumn auburn:

Red crescendo stern,

Wings’ western winds

Forests language adjourned.

Another view of the Blue Ridge

Another view of the Blue Ridge

Southern Mountains and Parks

In the autumn, areas such as the Blue Ridge Mountains come alive with rich colors. In fact, autumn is a busy tourism time because of the wonderful colors the trees bring forth. Towns such as Asheville, N.C. and Boon, N.C. are havens for visitors during these times because of the access to the beautiful surroundings. Indeed, these college towns prosper immensely from being in the mountains of the state. But the mountains also have a fabulous and rich history.

Primarily, the mountains of the region played an important role in the American Revolution and the American Civil War. The long-time dwellers of the mountains have a history of stern independence and determination. Coincidentally, another fact about the mountains has to do with alcohol. Illegal liquor, moonshine, was produced and sold around the country from this area. Stock car racing owes some of its heritage to “running moonshine” decades ago in the region as well. Finally, movies have been filmed in towns like Asheville with glowing approval across the globe.

A Few National Parks in the Mountains

The poem above was inspired by my time in the mountains of western North Carolina camping and conducting training sessions. I’ve also visited the mountains of Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. These areas are spectacular in the autumn – maybe they can inspire you, too. Below are a few such mountainous destinations. All four of these parks have information readily available from the government on the internet:

  • Blue Ridge Parkway – This national park extends nearly five hundred miles between North Carolina and Virginia. The parkway is often referred to as “America’s favorite drive.” Some of the activities people enjoy in this scenic environment include: hiking, picnics, camping, and The astounding views of waterfalls.
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park – This historic site is one of America’s most visited parks in the Appalachian Mountains. It crosses into the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains. The park is in part of Tennessee and North Carolina, expanding for nearly eight hundred square miles. Hiking, camping, and visiting historic sites are some activities people like to do in this park.
  • Cherohala Skyway – Located between Tennessee and North Carolina, this stretch of mountainous terrain is known for its startling beauty. Motorcyclists from around the world famously race up and down the forty-mile route for fun. Like all of the national parks found in the mountains of the region, incredible views of nature are available for the visitor.
  • Morrow Mountain State Park – Located in Albemarle, N.C., this state park stretches from the summit of Mount Morrow to Lake Tillery. People enjoy hiking, fishing, and horseback riding when visiting. The park extends over 4,000 acres with gorgeous scenes and places for camping. Noteworthy people such as Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Edison are believed to have spent time in this area.
The Uwharries are some of the oldest mountains in the world.

The Uwharries are some of the oldest mountains in the world.

Mountain symbolism In Literature

Mountains can represent a variety of concepts in literature. For example, they could symbolize a spiritual place where a deity or gods live. Carefully scrutinize a poem or creative work to better understand what the author is communicating. I’ve provided some more meanings for what mountains may mean in literary works.

  1. Mountains can symbolize a current struggle or obstacles.
  2. These geographical structures can represent challenges or seclusion by choice or by society
  3. Loneliness or isolation is a frequent theme in literature which uses mountains.
  4. Aloofness and exclusion of others can also be seen with the use of mountain symbolism in creative works.
  5. Some authors may show a character or group striving for spiritual accomplishments by applying the mountain metaphor associated with a tedious climb.
  6. Coming down a mountain could symbolize relief from some tragedy.
  7. Mountains can represent fortitude in crisis.
  8. The summit of a mountain may be used to show enlightenment.
  9. Coming down a mountain may symbolize and ending or a beginning of some ordeal.
  10. Mountains can symbolize serenity or escape from troubles.

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