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On a chilly, sunny day.

Flat terrain, near the Pamlico Sound.

Just a church and some houses.

My Uncle Guy Swindell helped build the church.

On our way to Lake Mattamuskeet,

were Virginia, Tim and me.

Uncle Guy was my great-uncle,

and Virginia’s stepfather.

I met a Spencer,

surely a relative in this tiny, swampy place,

home to my ancestors.

Inside,

the wood,

carved, dark, dusty.

narrow, spiral steps.

Outside,

the steeple.

Church at Fairfield, Hyde Co., NC

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