Shaker Lane - Poems Beneath My Feet

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Robert Nicholas is the author of three books of poetry, plus his memoirs as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines. He spends his winters in Florida and summers in upstate New York with Pete, his 35-year-old African Gray parrot.

Shaker Lane - Poems Beneath My Feet

Authored by Robert Nicholas

One last look out my window pane
   and looking back was Shaker Lane

The poems in this collection are woven into a unified story, an odyssey. It has a magical, inspirational feel to it - a range from joy to sorrow. It is an adult myth - a novel told in verse.

My boyhood home on Shaker Lane in western Massachusetts was a converted saw mill associated with the Shaker religious community. This one-lane unpaved road was surfaced in stone over a dirt base.

I treat the lane as a living entity, with senses, feelings, memories and a 'voice'- a friend - which it was for me as a boy. Does the lane actually converse with me? Am I only hearing other people speak, and believe it to be the lane? What power does the pebble I find there hold over me? What does the old woman in the green-shingled house know? What mystery awaits me when I finally reach the end of Shaker Lane?

Surrender yourself to the lure. Explore all the joy and magic that a young boy can discover along the way. Come with me and listen closely as we walk Shaker Lane, the friend beneath my feet.

And tho I watch them flicker
   every damp summer's eve,
I always let the fireflies
   fly free

Publication Date:
148250846X / 9781482508468
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Poetry / Inspirational & Religious

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