Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Poetry Tuesday: "Crossing Kansas by Train" by Donald Justice



Crossing Kansas by Train


The telephone poles
have been holding their
arms out
a long time now
to birds
that will not
settle there
but pass with
strange cawings
westward to
where dark trees
gather about
a waterhole. This
is Kansas. The
mountains start here
just behind
the closed eyes
of a farmer's
sons asleep
in their workclothes.


--Donald Justice

34 comments:

Momma Fargo said...

Love it! Neat pic as well. I have never been to Kansas.

Linda said...

Hi,Your photos are always amazing. You have a good eye for it and you always find the best poems to go with them.
Thank you for your comment.

Old Kitty said...

Hi

Perfection from start to finish. I kept re-reading it just to listen to the music the words produce - absolutely a stunning poem!

Thanks for sharing

Take care
x

slommler said...

Beautiful pic and wonderful poem.
I too had to reread it to get it's full cadence.
Love it
Hugs
SueAnn

Joe Cap said...

I love the pic!
It also reminds me of Glen Campbell's 'Wichita Lineman'.
You evoked a really cool mood with this.

Madi and Mom said...

HA...I'm glad I read Joe Cap's comment...I was just about to say the exact same thing. As I was reading the poem I too thought of 'Wichita Lineman'....and quite frankly I'll be humming it all day and that is a good thing...
Madi and Mom

Middle Aged Woman Blogging said...

I remember their license plates saying... Kansas... Land of Aaahs. Do they still say that? I loved it!

Great poem and pic!

Maggi said...

What an interesting poem, I really enjoyed reading it!

LittleSilkDress said...

YES. This really captures our home state.

Vodka Logic said...

Lovely poem and the picture was perfect. So visual.

Jenny said...

Absolutely gorgeous. What imagery. Thank you for sharing this wonderful, evocative poem with us.

blueviolet said...

I really had a wonderful picture in my mind from this!

Writing Without Periods! said...

Since I quit teaching I don't read poetry much...so thanks for this. Great way to start a Tuesday.
Mary

Pat Tillett said...

That was a very nice poem. The picture was great. Did you notice how the perspective matches the one in your header?

Aging Mommy said...

Oh there is so much of this wonderful country I have yet to see, I will get around to it one day, I will, I will

Ann said...

Love it. I can picture the farmers son sleeping in his workclothes :)

Lindzena said...

This is awesome. I should go to Kansas. I know Dorothy and her little Toto were quite fond of it. There's no place like it, so they say.

Hilary said...

A fine combination of words with your wonderful photograph.

liz said...

I would just like to take a moment and say that header photo is too cool. It made me lean back and refocus my eyes. So dimensional or something. :)

Beth said...

Not much of a poetry buff but that was pretty cool!

Feeling Just Right said...

I keep flicking pictures from google and happily assumed other people do the same- just realized it was you- Beautiful picture Betty! Love it!

Ms. Anthropy said...

Clotheslines! I remember the day, though not it Kansas.

Marlene said...

Reading this, and seeing those beautiful blue skies makes me long for being somewhere like that right now....instead of this cold dark dreary place called southeastern Pennsylvania - lately!

Miriam in KS said...

To Middle Aged Woman Blogging:

Alas, alak, the Kansas license plates no longer say "the land of aaahs" These days we are transitioning to plates that show a partial one third view of the upper portion of the state seal that sports the state motto. "Ad astra per aspera". The plates are in lovely shades of light blue and white with a hint of silver.

Great poem BB.

Joann Mannix said...

"This is Kansas. The mountains start here just behind the closed eyes of a farmer's son asleep in their workclothes."

It's going in my quote journal. I love that so much.

Marcie said...

Great poem. It made me think about taking a train on a trip. My mom always talks about doing that, but we never do, but it really would be a blast.

:) Marcie

Kazzy said...

"Holding their arms out". Cool poem!

Alyssa said...

I love what you do! Thanks, as always.

Ca88andra said...

Great poem, very visual!

Peggy K said...

Short and sweet and such a beautiful picture the poem puts in my head. And you top it off with one of your own.

Love the blog header, by the way!

Theresa Milstein said...

I love the poem. What a visual of the telephone pole wires acting like open arms for birds.

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

Wonderful poem and picture!
B xx

Heather @ Gerber Days said...

Do you live in Kansas??! I lived there when I was little!

Stitch ell Tian said...

who can tell me the mean of the poem? thanks