Today’s picture is not from my camera, but it is a place I have been to in my mind. It is the place populated by Willa Cather characters, the big, wide open space of the prairies where everything is possible.
“It was over flat lands like this, stretching out to drink the sun, that the larks sang — and one’s heart sang there too.” ~The Song of the Lark (Willa Cather)
And here is one of my favorite passages from Cather’s My Antonia:
Years afterward, when the open-grazing days were over, and the red grass had been ploughed under and under until it had almost disappeared from the prairie; when all the fields were under fence, and the roads no longer ran about like wild things, but followed the surveyed section-lines, Mr. Shimerda’s grave was still there, with a sagging wire fence around it, and an unpainted wooden cross. As grandfather had predicted, Mrs. Shimerda never saw the roads going over his head. The road from the north curved a little to the east just there, and the road form the west swung out a little to the south; so that the grave, with its tall red grass that was never mowed, was like a little island; and at twilight, under a new moon or the clear evening star, the dusty roads used to look like soft grey rivers flowing past it. I never came upon the place without emotion, and in all that country it was the spot most dear to me. I loved the dim superstition, the propitiatory intent, that had put the grave there; and still more I loved the spirit that could not carry out the sentence — the error from the surveyed lines, the clemency of the soft earth roads along which the home-coming wagons rattled after sunset. Never a tired driver passed the wooden cross, I am sure, without wishing well to the sleeper.
P.S. The Art of Breathing is posted every Sunday with the intent of giving us a little breathing space (something to give us pause) via a photo or image. If you have a photo/image you would like to post for this segment, please send to Karma (dddale at wustl dot edu). You are welcome to submit words with your photo, but if you just want to submit a photo that is fine too, afterall, a picture is worth a thousand words.