Elegy for Emily by Thomas Martin Saturday

Struggles For Justice Blog

lovely painting one

Soft sunlight of early dawn edges over hills
carved by the forces of a long lost glacial age,
through Wisconsin woodlands thick and green,
onto verdant fields
of corn and wheat
this Little Switzerland.

Two sisters at play
in Plum Creek running through it all,
Emily, Gerdie,
songbirds airing their delicate song,
over selfsame hills and prairie lands
greeting each morning
music sweet
joy sublime.

Plum City and Pepin where Uncle Christian
met Laura Engels Wilder
only to see them move away
to Minnesota and yet another Plum Creek
that would live in her stories
so touching, so neat.

The land abundant with life
our songbirds sing like
blooming flowers opening in striking color
no painter’s palate will ever hold,
rich valley soil, fertile
birthing families, planting them firmly to place and time
where they might grow green and thrive forever.

1905 confirmation picture
ruffled white lace dresses
beauty sharp…

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