Walking Along the Music City Walk of Fame by Linda Imbler


Walking Along the Music City Walk of Fame
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A.
by Linda Imbler

The pale shy away from the sun,
but this garden of stone
is worthy of a venture out under Mr. Sol.

Here lay the names,
a judicious fare of music greats:
Songwriters, singers, guitarists.
There’s no questionable bigotry laid here.
All genres of music represented
by those who have a connection
to this musical land.

An international hand
planted this piercing granite,
replete with buggy epitaphs,
offering godlike flattery,

Loretta Lynn to Jack White.
Peter Frampton to Keith Urbam.
Hendrix to Garth.
Bobby Hebb (“Sunny”) to Ernest Tubb.

A stroll along this sidewalk
presents one helpful campaign
toward human solidarity.
A possible answer to the ills of the world,
all differences laid aside on the music stage.

PHOTO: Music City Walk of Fame, Nashville, Tennessee. Photo by Adinda Uneputty.

dolly parton star

NOTE: The Music City Walk of Fame in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, honors significant contributors to Nashville’s musical heritage as well as significant achievements in the music industry. Each honoree is commemorated with a large stainless steel and terrazzo star embedded in the sidewalk in Walk of Fame Park between the Country Music Hall of Fame, Bridgestone Arena, and Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The walk was established in 2006 by the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau. Gibson Guitars is a founding sponsor. Honorees are inducted twice annually, in the spring and fall.

PHOTO: Dolly Parton star on the Music City Walk of Fame. Photo taken by Christy Frink on the day of Parton’s induction (Nov. 8, 2009).

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: From March 30 through April 7, 2019, I traveled by bus with Diamond Tours. We, calling ourselves The Silver Striders,  traveled through Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee, stopping at various places along the way.  We spent  four days in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A. This poems was previously published in my poetry collection titled Bus Lights, Travel Sights.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Linda Imbler’s poetry collections include five published paperbacks: Big Questions, Little Sleep; Lost and Found; Red Is The Sunrise; and Bus Lights, Travel Sights. Soma Publishing has released her three e-book collections, The Sea’s Secret SongPairings (a hybrid of short fiction and poetry), and That Fifth Element. Examples of Linda’s poetry and a listing of publications can be found at lindaspoetryblog.blogspot.com. In addition to writing, she helps her husband, a Luthier, build acoustic guitars in Wichita, Kansas, U.S.A.

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