It led through the woods and far away.
'Twas a funny old road and I laughed with glee,
For as I traveled-- this story it told to me.
I've been here for oh so many years.
I've listened to sorrows, joys and cares.
I've carried the living and carried the dead;
Now I am sure these words the old Pike Road said.
The Pike Road laughed and winked at me
As it said, "I've seen sights I wish you could see--
I've seen lovers as they made their vows;
And their secret I hid with my oak tree boughs.
I was made by the slaves in the long ago.
Their masters were cruel to them I know.
They labored and toiled the whole day long.
When they were tired and hungry, They would sing a song."
Now this is the story it told on the way--
As I traveled from Louisville one summer day.
©1946 Carrie E. Joslin