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Gold Fever

Kathy A. Wittman 1949 (Tennessee)

As I search for obscure treasures
on the walls of this dilapidated shack
hidden on this mountain slope,
an old newspaper scrap catches my eye.
I furtively try to unravel a path to this insignificant event,
recorded with scrutiny by some zealous reporter decades ago.

I envision those arrogant, surly miners
looking at these fascinating societal tidbits
in the eerie shadows cast by their brilliant kerosene lanterns,
as they sat idly by, gambling and drinking their lives away.

I was told that many of these cabins remained intact
just three decades ago,
proudly displaying their domestic artifacts,
museum-style, until they were ransacked.
No one thought to photograph those relics
before destruction and decay set in,
and now these mountains are empty and silent.
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Kathy A. Wittman

I am a retired college teacher. In the past, I taught classes in Education, English, and Psychology. At present, I am focused on developing my potential as an artist and writer. I have self-published books in the genres of autobiography, fiction, and poetry. I have a Bachelor's Degree in English from the University of Tennessee (1972), a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Tennessee (1983), and a Doctoral Degree in Educational Foundations from the University of Wyoming (1988). I have taken numerous college classes in Art and Creative Writing over the past decade. I completed an Associate Degree in Art from the Laramie County Community College (Cheyenne, Wyoming) in 2018, and I completed a Bachelor's Degree in Art from the University of Wyoming (Laramie, Wyoming) in 2020. I consider myself to be a "Life-long Learner". more…

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