Painting by Russell Tether

Thunderstorm sweeps west
Route of dusty jalopies
To coastal vineyards
Farmhouse doors left ajar, but
What of the spirit remained?

Now, after-rain glow
Blood-red soil of rolling hills
Birth their complement
Pungent-green alfalfa farms
And blooming velvet sagebrush.

Remember those who sowed what you reap.

©2017, Amaya Engleking

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  1. Waltermarks · May 9, 2017

    Are you talking about the Oakies who remained? That’s a bueatiful tribute. Those who seed had surely done so in grief. I hope i’m right, but it’s a wonderful piece either way

    • Gospel Isosceles · May 9, 2017

      Hi, thank you for your response. It is really a tribute to those who put all they had, blood and spirit, hopes and toils, into the land, whether they stayed or left in the face of starvation. I really just wanted to ask the question, what is the composition of this fertile “blood-red” soil?

  2. Beverly Crawford · May 9, 2017

    A wonderful read. That last line is perfection!

  3. Singledust · May 9, 2017

    Blood-red soil of rolling hills – such an image!

  4. Victoria C. Slotto · May 9, 2017

    Oh yes, the dustbowl, The Grapes of Wrath revisited. Nicely played.

  5. frankhubeny · May 9, 2017

    I liked the concluding line. It is good to remember with empathy those who came before us who allow us to harvest today.

  6. sanaarizvi · May 9, 2017

    This is incredibly powerful!

  7. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) · May 9, 2017

    I can see what stayed, the ghosts and then the fields that’s fertile once again.

  8. maria · May 10, 2017

    Such a stirring piece. And that last line was a punch!

  9. Grace · May 10, 2017

    Yes, love that ending line and the fruits and harvest of that red-blood soil.

  10. Truedessa · May 10, 2017

    While,I was reading I thought of covered wagons making the trek to new land, many did not survive the harsh element.

  11. paul scribbles · May 11, 2017

    and perhaps fertilized what they sowed. Strong imagery here.

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