THOSE WHO CATEGORIZE the southern Minnesota prairie as flat, boring and in the middle of nowhere truly have not seen.
Perhaps you are one of them—a traveler passing through this land defined by horizontal lines. Your patience for the endless miles of vast sky and open space expires shortly after you exit the city.
You cannot fathom how anyone can live here, let alone appreciate this landscape.
But I challenge you, the next time you are hurrying from City A to City B, to look beyond the pavement, beyond the preconceived ideas you have about rural Minnesota and specifically of the prairie.
View this landscape as an artist’s canvas. Before your eyes, you will begin to see the bold lines, the wispy strokes, the colors (or lack thereof), the composition of a scene.
You will feel the strength of the artist’s brush in the wind.
You will read poetry in the simplicity of the uncluttered landscape and in the fortitude and kindness of those who inhabit this place.
And then, perhaps, you will begin to connect to a land which possesses an infinite beauty unlike any other.
© Copyright 2012 Audrey Kletscher Helbling