Night is coming—a pioneer
trudging behind a Prairie Schooner
covered with black canvas.
You want to walk along with it
and chat about a new life out West,
sharing implausible dreams.
But its slow pace is an illusion.
Already past St. Louis, nearing Salt Lake,
it will be here in an hour.
Don Thompson has been writing about the San Joaquin Valley for over fifty years, including a dozen or so books and chapbooks. For more info and links to publishers, visit his website: don-e-thompson.com.
–Art by Marina Ćorić