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Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Amber Waves

image courtesy Magpie Tales 72
Amber waves.
She leans out of the back window of the family truck as it pulls away from the farm for the last time and heads down the road. She's already said her goodbyes to the cows and the goats and the chickens but somehow she feels the need to say it to the fields as well.  So she waves.

Yesterday, as she was helping Mama pack the last of their things, she asked, "But what about the song, Mama? What will happen if we leave the farm?"
It took some time and some figuring, but finally Mama understood. She laughed, then gently explained that "amber" was just another word for yellow. Amber always had thought the song was about her, her family's farm--"Amber's waves of grain." She felt better knowing it wasn't. And worse.

As the truck picks up speed, the yellow and orange hues of the wheat fields blur together into a Van Gogh painting.
Amber waves.

submitted for Magpie Tales 72

18 comments:

Brian Miller said...

smiles. cute that she thought it was about her...my son Cole always gets a kick out of going to his store...Kohl's

Fireblossom said...

My heart is out there in the fields, and I don't even know why. Me and Mr. Douglas love those Green (or amber!) Acres.

nene said...

nice story made even nicer by using Van Gogh's painting. Thanks for this moment of escape.

Christine said...

Love how you used Amber Waves in the beginning and end, with such different meaning.

Mama Zen said...

I love this! I wish I'd thought of it.

Isabel Doyle said...

poignant and optimistic

Bekkie In Wonderland said...

What a resourceful mind you have! Someone on Magpie's in comments said; "Don't read other people's responses first." It was good advice! Tee hee! This one is so creative, a handful of crumbs for you and yes I'm following you now! I can't wait to see what your evil twin has to say! Have a lovely week! ♥

Mynx said...

wonderful story. Thankyou

Lucy Westenra said...

What a clever idea! Like Mama Zen, I wish I had thought of something like this.

ayala said...

Sweet and lovely!

darev2005 said...

As soon as I saw the picture and read the first line my mind said "Amber waves at grain?"

Pat Tillett said...

That was beautiful!
It's really nice to see something that inspires us so well. Hope you are doing well!

mindlovemisery said...

Awwww this is a very charming and sweet piece

trisha said...

fabulous description

Tess Kincaid said...

So very charming, Mouse.

Elisabeth said...

A poignant and evocative story here, Lolamouse. I'm here through Enchanted Oak and pleased to meet you.

Helen said...

One of your best, Mouse!!

Bee's Blog said...

A delight