Literary Orphans

Late Afternoon by Don Thompson

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.

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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:

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–Art by Marina Ćorić