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Dustbowl

Updated on April 13, 2013
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

Dorothea Lange, Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Evacuees enjoying games under the shade of trees near the creek which flows through the desert on the border of this War Relocation Authrority center. Department of the Interior. War R
Dorothea Lange, Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Evacuees enjoying games under the shade of trees near the creek which flows through the desert on the border of this War Relocation Authrority center. Department of the Interior. War R | Source

The last of her blowsy rage

Flits on midden sky

A last stand of heat

A striding forward

80 firm


Fanning myself

Under the salve of trees

I look forward to the cooling of air

Breeze bumping

Fat raindrops

Bespeckling my vision

For we all must weep

To nurture

Fertile ground

We all must weep



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      Audrey Howitt 21 months ago from California

      Thank you colorfulone!

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      My goodness that poem is creative. I love it, Audrey!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Scarlettohairy!!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you lambservant!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you LaddyFiddler!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 3 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      What evocative language for a little rain. A little dust.

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      Lori Colbo 3 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      You are a very gifted poet. Nice job. Look forward to reading more.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one LadyFiddler--it is near my heart--

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hey Audrey beautiful poetry as usual you are very creative with your work.

      Its a blessing God give to you :)

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hey Jackie--Thank you for finding this one---and for your kind words!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Very beautiful; sorry I missed this one. ^

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Eugene!

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      Eugene Wrayburn 3 years ago from Colorado Springs, CO

      I like the idea that somehow our emotions are connected to the land. There is strange beauty within the tragedy that human beings are so intimately connected to the dust, and this poem is reminiscent of the Old Testament curse upon the sons of Adam and the daughters of Eve "From the dust you came and to the dust you shall return."

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one ubanichijoke!

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 3 years ago from Lagos

      my first of your poems -- I don't know why it took me so long -- this, as all have commented is in a class of its own. Most times, we must lose to gain.

      Good one, Audrey.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you nighthag!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you so much DDE!

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      K.A.E Grove 3 years ago from Australia

      I see a dry barren earth abused by man, needing the tears of our loss to have any chance at rebirth

      Simply beautiful

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Dustbowl is a lovely poem keep writing and sharing your great talent I enjoy reading your work.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Vellur!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Audrey!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Vinaya!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much moonlake!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Rasma!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Eddy!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much tillsonititan!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Justin!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading this one Tom!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much sweethearts2--

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Michelle!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Frank!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you btrbell!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you xstatic--Inada is a wonderful writer!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you for sharing your story here Wayne--I am glad that this pulled at you a bit--this piece tugged pretty hard on me as well in the thinking, and feeling and writing---Treasure your grandmother!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Wetnose! Thank you so much for your kind words!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      A great poem, vivid and powerful. I envisioned dry parched earth thirsting for rain dry and bereft of moisture waiting for showers.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dear Audrey -

      This is just magnificent. Meets a deep variety of interpretation. Thank you - thank you!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Audrey,

      I loved the imagery in this poem. Such a beautiful poem.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Loved your poem. Vote up and more.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Wonderful poetry.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant Audrey.

      Eddy.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is uniquely different. The dustbowl must have been intolerable with the need for many tears..Thought provoking Audrey...

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Yes, images of the dust bowl, but images of the problems farmers and lovers face..."To nurture Fertile ground We all must weep" So true.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Justin W Price 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Lovely, Audrey. Just lovely. Great use of repetition. Very emotive piece. I enjoyed this a lot. Shared too...

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend this is such a gem of a poem and so beautifully written !

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      sweethearts2 4 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      I love that with each read I glean a new meaning. Beautiful and voted up

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      And it's hot here with not enough rain in Singapore too. Phew! A dustbowl it is. Thanks for sharing this, Audrey...beautiful as usual!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      wow you're exploding with poetic talent of late Audrey.. impressive :)

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Simply beautiful! Thank you! Up+

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you xstatic--looking it up now

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      I forgot to mention the poet's name, Lawson Inada, an excellent writer.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you xstatic--I will for the collection---there are so many ways this piece can be read really---I originally thought about it in terms of the absence of connection to the earth--loss must be wept for and mourned whatever it is

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Theresa! I love her work--her photos are so poignant

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Audrey, my first thought about the title was classic dust bowl poetry, yet, it seems you speak of a later dust bowl in that hot, very dusty atmosphere of the Manzanar Relocation Center in California, one of many set up to house, to imprison really, Japanese residents of the west Coast of the US after Pearl Harbor was bombed and war was declared. Truly, "we must all weep."

      By the way, a former Oregon Poet Laureate and Professor at Southern Oregon University wrote about the interned Japanese experience in a collection of poetry called "Letters From Camp."

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      This is wonderful Audrey. I love that you selected a photograph by Dorothea Lange. I find that fewer and fewer people are aware of the Great Dust Bowl or of the efforts made by the government to document it. Great poem. Theresa

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      You really tugged at some heart strings with this one. I was raised an, "Okie" in central California. My family were immigrants from Oklahoma during the dust bowl. My grandmother who went through it is still with us. She is 90 and has some incredible stories to tell. The Grapes of Wrath was a very personal book to me. We were raised very poor but have come through as a very strong family, so I know what the Joad's meant when they said, "Our people are good people; our people are kind people; pray God some day kind people wont all be poor" -Steinbeck

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      Oh my! This is a great one. I love your style with words.