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My Own, My Native Land

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My Own, My Native Land

The golden grain stretched out like sheets
upon the Kansas plain, like birthright,  innocent
behind the festered sun.
Some were unaware of upstarts 
in the rolling Minnesota countryside,
defiant to the blistering avalanche of corn.

There were the sidewise glances,
prudent in their reticence, worn pencils
tucked behind their bibs, the markets'
vagaries aswim, Chicago far the east of home.

In Iowa as well,
the warriors of the plough,
the timeless men of bread,
the conquerors of earth and sinew, 
beast and baronet,
to thread the cloth of motherland
before our birth.

Thereto in Illinois,  my cradle sanctuary
nested from the mountains
and the alien sea; I was the listener
within this deep midwestern ground.

It is not still where I have been;
the voices and the footfalls
make their print in time
and may not be erased.

And though my ashes fly in space
my breath, my bliss, my bower
rests forever in the heartland of the earth.

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  1. Date: 2/5/2013 11:34:00 AM
    You are very good with your endings, wrapping-up poems. I realize that I have mentioned this in a previous comment already, but I am saying(typing)it again, because the end-stanza here is excellent. (Have I commented on your poetry in the past?)I am a bit surprised that I haven't read your work posted on the Soup, until only recently.

    Ludden Avatar Robert Ludden
    Date: 2/5/2013 11:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks. You, too, are new to me. Enjoying your writing as well.
  1. Date: 1/28/2013 1:10:00 PM
    beautiful poem, love Elizabeth

    Ludden Avatar Robert Ludden
    Date: 1/28/2013 1:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Many thanks to the lady who in every poem she writes, turns the act of love into a song.