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Windust
by L. G. Figgins

Monday, April 03, 2006
Rated "G" by the Author.
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I used titles of songs from my childhood in this write-can you find them? My dad had a small farm at Windust after he retired and it is there still, though no one lives there now. My brother plans to build a home there, using the old Pacific Railroad concrete water tower as a foundation. When the railroad pulled out, their land adjacent to dad's property reverted to him, so now it makes up 25 acres. The old mobile still stands, inhabited by mice and hobos.

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"...for that wind made one a boy again. One could breath that only on the edges of the world, on the great grass plains or the sagebrush desert."

-Willa Cather

At the edge of the world there's a wayward wind
and it comes from who knows where
Blows in circles and comes up your back
tugging at your shirt like a persistant child


Something moves as sage scrubs the air
Jack rabbits scurry into their dens
The moon's a reluctant visitor behind the clouds
The river runs down and speaks in slow moans
like the train in the distance
that sounds so lonesome you could cry


In the shadows you can make out a shape
but it is formless, void of light
Some say the devil roams here and snatches souls
But first he has to get through your tough hide
Years of sandblasting can do it though
and the sound of your voice in the wind


Cliffs rise up from the river in sentimented layers
By day, you see how high it once roared through
before they built the dam to harness her power
and you can just make out ghost riders in the sky
A rattler's shake will wake you from your reverie


Some have tried to farm here but it's a rough hoe
The rocky, sandy soil is good for some things
but what grows will probably be eaten by animals
Crazy,
don't they know it's the end of the world?
But I suppose that's just why they are here...



(c) Linda Gayton 2006


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Reviewed by Phillip William Allen 4/7/2006
I counted 5. Great pen Linda
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 4/6/2006
there's a wayward wind
so lonesome you could cry
ghost riders in the sky
don't they know it's the end of the world?

Those are the lyrics from four songs that I remember, Lin. Nicely done; stirs the soul. Love and peace,

Regis
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 4/6/2006
A total do-do on the tunes front, I am afraid, Linda, but still immensely enjoyed this highly atmospheric and evocative write... could feel and taste it, somehow. Quite fancy a bit of heat and dust again myself... and to be an answer, blowin in the wind!! :)) LOL Kate xx
Reviewed by Pierre Ortega 4/5/2006
Time moves on....... enjoyed Pierre.
Reviewed by Dale Clark 4/5/2006
Oh this is outstanding Lin! I found
a few songs, need to read it again.;)
Reviewed by Linda Luna (Reader) 4/4/2006
Linda,

Clever wordsmithing, wonderful imagery, melodies from memory lane. What a treat - I enjoyed immensely.

LL*
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 4/4/2006
i like this
Reviewed by George Carroll 4/4/2006
A splendid offering with tunes that stir memories.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 4/4/2006
Very creative offering Linda!!

Did this once with my poem titles!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/4/2006
I found quite a few, Lin; a wonderful way to jog our memories. Now, that was music. :) And so is your lovely write--well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 4/4/2006
As a big county fan I did find most of them I think, origianal and light and entertaining. Well done my friend.

Felix
Reviewed by Peter Paton 4/4/2006
I concur with Eileen below completely, Linda !
I spotted several, but I will keep them under my hat...lols
Suffice to say, like me, I reckon you like Country music...:)
You have actually composed an endearing composite poem !
Love and Blessings
Peter
Reviewed by Martin Hebert 4/4/2006
~~Linda~this poem touched my heart~very cool~~

~~martin~~
Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/3/2006
I picked out several but won't name them so others can find them;-) Excellent work Lin great imagery!...ist stanza first line...2nd st. last line...4th st.4th line...5th st. 4th line...That's all I found;-)

Eileen
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