Roads II

Traveled through the farmland to visit my friend Rachel (see “Roads”and “The Consequence of Denying ‘What If'”). Winter brings a harsh beauty to Wisconsin.

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The landscape dazzles thanks to snow and subzero temperatures. The first sunlight in days, too, and a clear sky.

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For some reason, this river refuses to freeze over.

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Silence holds the air, numbs fingers and lungs.

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I think of winter, how it halts life here. To press forward, to even breathe, is to struggle against Nature. I think of Rachel, whose progress has been halted by cancer’s return to her brain stem. She struggles to speak, to walk, to eat. She fights against that which Nature has planted in her. Twice. I think of her, and winter, and remember that the thaw has to come, and with it, life, and hope.

 

 

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15 thoughts on “Roads II

  1. Jesus H , these images steal my breath. I spy your mill again, teetering on the water’s edge. And your words are, as ever, wonderful words. I was keeping till last, a quick visit to your blog. I see it was the best.

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    • Shucks. ๐Ÿ™‚ Actually, talking to you has really spurred me to get that trip to the bluffs mapped out with my husband. Hoping to go this summer and have a photo shoot of one of my favorite childhood places: Devil’s Lake.
      Ooooo, doesn’t it sound awesome? Cuz it is. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • I KNOW. I believe it was so named because the lake’s depth is pretty crazy by lake standards. I’ll have to look it up.
        And if you think that’s great, I’ll have to see if I can get some photos of the nearby Circus World Museum. AKA: Nightmare Fuel Land!

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