The Appalachian House

What a marvel
the way industrious Appalachians
have long managed to plop
their homes on the side
of any available hill,
propped up and held stationary
by wood beams, cement and magic--
Generation after generation
the houses stand, bold against
gully-washers and blizzards,
defying nature and common sense.
Through bare winter trees
you see them--
red and brown and gray
with impossible driveways
and rooflines to match.
Like the people here
the houses are boastfully
rough, worn, often irrational
but standing strong
against all odds.

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