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Horse Heaven Hills
by L. G. Figgins

Friday, March 10, 2006
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Impressions of a real place, just up the road...


Horse Heaven Hills


The hills roll for miles
There's black gold in the earth
from the bones of thunderfoots
mined by farmers into amber grain
Ghosts of the Umatillas
Walla Walla, Yakima and Cayuse
haunt above
They ride bareback
in the green stalks of wheat
that bend and let them pass
as the spirited wind bares witness


An abandoned farmhouse
has given in
Tilts to one side and listens
but doesn't hear approaching footsteps
Only the faded rumble of a tractor
and squawks of mocking crows
in an occasional locust tree,
bark cracked and rough from draught
Empty-hearted
soon they will fall to lonliness,
more dinosaurs
lost in buried history underground


In the summer
the road turns to tar melt
imprinted with tire tracks,
scattered grain from the combines
and the sweat of linemen running cable
The heat rises steamed from the asphalt
and the white line convalutes
into an impassioned dance in the distance
partnered with telephone poles
that appear to bend at the waist
in a courtseyed bow


Grasshoppers fat off the land
jump at courtship and come down hard
rubbing their hind legs in a mating call
Whipperwhils ask why--whywhywhy
hardly expecting an answer
The drone of a single-engine plane
interrupts their pensive song
Clouds stroll across turquoise sky
They are lazy harbingers of the sun
but as in a storm-tossed sea
when comes the rain they smoke,
crash lightning and roll thunder


Some nights the dark is thick mud
suffocating you for lack of light
except the brights of headlamps
from passing cars
and  a few houselights too far for safety
Your eyes play tricks on you,
create forms in the quiet
that may or may not be real
The stars are your only comfort
But a full moon spreads magic,
a nurturing blanket on the fields
and crickets chant in unison
to her hallowed light


 


(c) Linda Gayton 2006


 

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Reviewed by Pierre Ortega 3/12/2006
Our lives are so far from safety. If only we could experience the perfect joy, but" some nights the dark is thick mud" we can't see through, missed you, Excellent Pierre.
Reviewed by Dale Clark 3/11/2006
An awesome gem of a write! So beautiful
and your imagery paints the picture in
the readers mind. I can see it, smell it
and feel it. So wonderful! Great Lin!
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 3/11/2006
Most beautiful offering Linda!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Linda Luna (Reader) 3/11/2006
Wonderfully rich in depth of images. You are a gifted poet.

Linda Luna*
Reviewed by E T Waldron 3/10/2006
Lin, your poetry always has the best imagery! Word paintings so masterful the reader is there to see it all. That pic is a beauty and I love your title!

eT
Reviewed by Felix Perry 3/10/2006
Oh my goodness Linda this is beautiful and put me exactly in the middle of this poetic place heart and soul deep. the images you painted with the photo shown made the whole thing come to life more vivid then life could actually be. Welcome back, I have missed your work.

Felix
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 3/10/2006
nicely done
Reviewed by Martin Hebert 3/10/2006
~~Linda~great descriptive poem~
~takes my spirit into wanderings~

~~martin~~
Reviewed by Peter Paton 3/10/2006
This is absolutely beautiful and atmospheric Linda
You communicate the soul and history of the land and environment
in a lavish and understanding manner
The hallmark of a gifted writer
Peter
Reviewed by Shoma Mittra 3/10/2006
Great imagery and lovely write.

Grasshoppers fat off the land
jump at courtship and come down hard
rubbing their hind legs in a mating call
Whipperwhils ask why--whywhywhy

Vivid.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 3/10/2006
Truly rich impressions, Linda; and a truly marvelous poem.



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