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These Were Winds

At first there was no alarm; these were winds And high prairie farms had learned to hold tight Against gale force blizzards and tornado; Replanting, repairing after each storm, ‘Rain Follows the Plow’, the golden promise For European settlers flush with land, Planting in familiar ways of home, Trusting tradition and the land agents. Dark clouds in western skies dangled promise, Sweet, saving rain just before they vanished, Leaving naught but crackled fields and static. Rainmen appeared, showers promised, for cash; Farmers paid, desperate now, this new spring, Watching hard-earned savings sowed into clouds; Circus planes driven by clowns peddling hope O’er bare fields, empty barns, forsaken dreams. These were winds, curdled harvests of heartache, Hot summer winds, bleaching pastures, hayfields, Blowing dusty “heys” from Oklahoma; Bitter winter gales, driving snow upward To dance with black Colorado topsoil. Four years of wind blowing down future’s dream, Delivering drought, death and foreclosure; Desperate winds ringing funeral bells. [I grew up on stories of the 1930’s ‘Dust Bowl’ reaching the Dakotas in the last few years of this devastating phenomena. My mother’s family lost everything; my father’s family held on, and rebuilt. When the winds finally abated, farming methods were modified and adapted to protect the topsoil, but the damage was done. Farming would no longer be merely plowing up the land, seeding and expecting rain. Farming became a risk, a hope, a prayer. The strong, the faithful, the fortunate remained on the land. The broken, the faint-hearted, the hopeless were swept away.]

Copyright © | Year Posted 2011

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Date: 1/16/2011 2:11:00 PM
heartbreaking and the sort of natural? disaster which seems to be happening with greater frequency! Congrad's on the win with this fine write. Light & Love
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Date: 1/16/2011 12:05:00 AM
really well written..just great! Congratulations! love,Deb
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Date: 1/14/2011 9:41:00 AM
Congratulations Deb on your well deserved win in Carolyn Devonshire's contest "Dazzle Us With History". Love, Carol
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Date: 1/14/2011 7:33:00 AM
Congrats, Deb. Awesome account. Excellent write. Nice going. xxxRalph
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Date: 1/14/2011 4:03:00 AM
Hi Deb. Congratulations on your achievement with this fine historical piece, Eamon
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Date: 1/13/2011 2:00:00 PM
Great work..That was not an easy time for anyone in that area..I am glad that at least one side of your family held on...Congratulations on win...Sara
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Date: 1/13/2011 12:30:00 PM
Excellent subject for this contest, Deb !! Well done!!
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Date: 1/13/2011 11:54:00 AM
Congratulations Deb on your worthy poem place. Agape, Moses
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Date: 1/13/2011 11:32:00 AM
Deb, if you pardon the pun. Your poem just blew me away. I felt I was transported back to the 30's reading your words. Farming through the ages sure has changed, for the better who knows? I'm sure many generations will say no, understandable. Many congratulations on your third place with this trip back in time, wonderful reading. It's my first time assisting in judging and the blindess of doing so leads my eyes to be opened when I discover who the winners are....:)
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Date: 1/13/2011 10:12:00 AM
I was a child in North Dakota but I well remember the desolation and devastation of these winds and other tricks of nature such as the grasshoppers that ate everything that did grow. Congratulations on a tale well told. My dad held on. Love, Joyce
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Date: 1/13/2011 10:05:00 AM
What a sad time that was..You picked a gret subject...I never would have thought of it. Congrats. BG
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Date: 1/13/2011 9:56:00 AM
Congratulations on taking third place with this outstanding write, Deb. James and I judged separately assigning points to all entries and the competition was incredible. Just tabulating the rankings took hours. Take pride in your accomplishment. Love, Carolyn
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Date: 1/11/2011 8:06:00 AM
:) Thanks for supporting the contest, Deb. Love, Carolyn
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