to the land of stalwart folk



to the land of stalwart folk

if you squint, bales of hay look like grazing cattle.
flattened plains of North Dakota compel respect.
barren branches stretch sleepily, prepare for a long nap.
i cower ‘neath cloud-strewn skies of pewter gray.

flattened plains of North Dakota compel respect
as farmers put their fields to bed,
await the piercing chill.

barren branches stretch sleepily, prepare for a long nap,
scratching leaden heavens, mourning loss of green,
dreams of spring growth.

i cower ‘neath those cloud-strewn skies of pewter gray,
and honor hardy folk who till the earth
to feed her children.

I just returned from visiting family in North Dakota. We drove north to within a mile of the Canadian border. The scenery inspired me to use this as a topic for Mary’s prompt at dVerse Poetics–to write a poem using a form, new to me, called Trimeric. I hope you will stop by and learn more about it. It provides a great jump-start for creativity.


36 thoughts on “to the land of stalwart folk

  1. Ayala says:

    I respect those that can endure in these places…. I would not survive for long.


  2. Glenn Buttkus says:

    You have given us a respectful flip side to the satirical peek we have of ND in FARGO, film & TV series. Your piece is compelling & so carefully crafted, making me hardly aware of the form, only hearing your words, like a ballad on the cold winds brewing.

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  3. Bodhirose says:

    I marvel at people who settle down in those cold, cold climates and seemingly thrive there! You describe the farmlands beautifully that must remain buried under feet of snow while awaiting the warmth again.

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  4. claudia says:

    you make me curious – sounds like a beautiful landscape but also like hard work and not very comfortable living conditions

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  5. Challenge of the cold
    piercing winds change..
    Humans travel North
    escape desert South..

    piercing winds change..
    humans adapt..
    grow stronger..

    Humans travel North
    culture grows smarter..
    humans change

    escape desert South..
    New World Nomads..
    New IsRaEL Live Free..:)

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  6. lynn__ says:

    What a wonderful tribute to the hardy folk who work the land in North Dakota’s austere clime!

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  7. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Wonderful last stanza 😀 such an inspirational piece.

    Lots of love,

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  8. What else should we use our travels for if not as material for poetry? And such lovely poetry emerged.

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  9. There is something so much harder with autumn on plains, no forest to shield those winds.. I like the thought of farmers putting fields to sleep.

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  10. Sumana Roy says:

    “as farmers put their fields to bed, / await the piercing chill.”…a mood of hibernation everywhere just before the chill…beautifully penned…

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  11. thotpurge says:

    Love those pewter grey skies!

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  12. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) says:

    Thank you for giving me a sense of a place I am unlikely to visit in any other way. 🙂

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  13. I loved this view of the plains you show us, Victoria. Can’t imagine the hardships of those that settled this land. Very intriguing form too. Hope all is well with both you and your husband – smiles

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  14. Love your final stanza and say amen

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  15. Grace says:

    I have a lot of respect for those hardy folks who till the earth to feed their children ~ You came close to our chilling cold, yikes ~

    Good to see you Victoria & wishing you happy weekend ~

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  16. In high school and again a few years back I read the novel “Giants of the Earth”–a story about original immigrants from Norway. Really portrayed the sad reality of those days and the courage of the people.

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  17. was already cold for this California native. Didn’t seem to affect my brother-in-law or even my husband who was born there.

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  18. Gabriella says:

    We tend to forget that these fields need human hands to prepare for their long nap. I am not surprised that such land would beget hardy people.

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  19. Mary says:

    Victoria, I do think anyone who settled/settles in North Dakota is stalwart. Such cold and barren land attracts only the strongest. Winter is so long in North Dakota, and that piercing chill goes straight to the bones!

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