Friday, August 3, 2012

Haiku Sequence

                                         THE DUST BOWL

                                          early morning
                                          before the wind rises
                                          a glimpse of the sun

                                          feeding chickens
                                          the children tethered
                                          to a rope

                                          rolling dust
                                          the horizon opens
                                          and closes

                                          wind gusting–
                                          another meal of potatoes
                                          and grit

                                          picked corn
                                          beneath the dust
                                          more dust

                                          clothes on the line
                                          the first dry and dirty
                                          before the last

                                          sheriff’s auction
                                          her good china divided
                                          into sets of two

                                          Sunday service
                                          prayers for rain
                                          blown away

                                          sweat down my face–
                                          counting the roads
                                          out of town

Frogpond, Summer 2012

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Bill said...

Very powerful, Adelaide.

Adelaide said...

Thank you, Bill. It seems that some of the southwest is going through it again this year with the draught.


Gillena Cox said...

nice read

much love...

Adelaide said...

Thank you, Gillena


Frank... said...

Really nice sequence, Adelaide. As Bill said a powerful set of images...

Adelaide said...

Thank you, Frank. I appreciate your comments.