A Mountain Poem: Southern Mountains in Autumn

Updated on September 29, 2018
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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 | Source

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 | Source

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 | Source

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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 three 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.


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    • Tim Truzy info4u profile imageAUTHOR

      Tim Truzy 

      5 months ago from U.S.A.

      I recently read an article about how old coal mining towns are using their locations, especially in the mountains, to bring in more tourism and rebuild towns taken a hit from the downward prices of the fossil fuel.

      Particularly, Tazewell, V.A. has taken a page from an area in the mountains of N.C. and TN called the "tail of the Dragon." This area is great for motorcycling for NC and TN.

      Along Route 16 in V.A., the town has renamed the road to the "Back of the Dragon." It has become a favorite new place for bikers. The town apparently has prospered over the last five years because of this decision.

      Being versatile with natural resources helps insures that the beauty of the mountains will be around for all to enjoy.

      Thanks for reading.



    • Tim Truzy info4u profile imageAUTHOR

      Tim Truzy 

      15 months ago from U.S.A.

      The mountains are powerful symbols in nature. I like the spiritual feeling I receive when spending time with God's creations. Thank you for honoring me by reading my poem and commenting.



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      Nellieanna Hay 

      15 months ago

      Your tribute to the beautiful mountains speaks volumes about the person you are! Thank you!

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      Author Jared L 

      17 months ago from Bronx, NY

      Nice hub, poetry is always wonderful.

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      Tim Truzy 

      17 months ago from U.S.A.

      Nothing is more rewarding than spending time in the mountains of the southern U.S. The wildlife is astounding and the views are crisp and clean. This poem developed after a slow drive in Stokes county made me realize the treasure we have.


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