T.J. the Circuit Riding Preacher

Scotland sent him to us
that minister of the light.
He rode miles after miles
up these hillsides and down
these hollers to bring us
the light of Christ.

Sometimes he slept outdoors,
wet by the dew, wakened by owls
and coyote yelps. Other times
a family took him in
for the night.

In his later years
He married and built a house
down in Campbell Holler
where stones from his fireplace
remain.

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