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Dakota (1 Viewer)


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I walked along a weedy path
across the Dakota prairie,
the sky heavy with yesterday‘s rain.

Just enough light to cast a shadow;
just enough sunshine to remember
the hot sand and surf of distant shores.

I climbed a small ridge to a line of trees
planted there by prairie winds,
now pacing their slow march to glory.

At path‘s end was a barn, leaning
with the quiet grace of antiquity,
as old and ageless as her country.

And there, five wooden crosses
mark the sum total of spent lives,
nameless but to a walking traveler.

Just enough humanity to cast a shadow;
to know their Dakota and understand
why they came.