On Friday it rained relentlessly. I woke up in the dark at 6 AM to the sound of drops pounding on my windows. I drove out of this place kicking up mud under that weeping sky and headed out toward the big town and back again.
It never let up.
And then the wind came and it blew that rain sideways and covered my head while my boots sunk in to the slippery on my way to hunker down under the safety of my roof.
The day before the sun shone bright and clear and the season looked and felt like the photographs you see on all of the Western calendars for October.
24 hours later the scene was drenched.
We expect this. Rain in October. Snow in October. Heat in October. Fire in October.
Anything can happen under this prairie sky. And that’s the beauty and the tragedy of it all.
Coming Home: Looking for mercy from the prairie sky
by Jessie Veeder
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