Warm breezes caress my face as the marbled sky slips by above my little slice of Appalachia. I stand before the fading symbol of prosperity observing it’s slow descent into lower chamber of the hourglass. Beams and planks twist and bend as they’re pulled back to the ether. The breeze whispers it’s keening song in time with the rattle of the tin. The humid summer air carries the faintest of hints that at one time barrels of sweet grain and stacks of hay filled the dusty floor. The tools and trappings hang frozen on rusted nails awaiting a duty call that never came. Thorns reclaim what the plow forgot and the harvesters left to lie fallow.
The flower only fades away so that the seed may drop. In time new hands will clear the thorns that cling to broken and powdered beams. The sounds hammer saw will call forth a new work and the smell of freshly cut lumber will fill the air. The fallow earth will be fertilized by dreams and sweat and the will to thrive once more. And the persistence of yesterday shall be transformed into the reality of today.
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3 thoughts on “The Persistent Yesterday”
That is a magnificent structure–beautifully captured.
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Thank you Chandra ❤
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