Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Winter poetry from the Minnesota prairie March 5, 2018

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IN THE FADING OF THE DAY, as clouds shove grey across the southwestern Minnesota prairie, a Dodge pick-up jolts color into the March landscape.

The sight pleases me visually, unleashes poetic thoughts of horizontal prairie lines. My eyes trace the truck traveling along a gravel township road against backdrop tree lines. Even the rich black soil runs horizontal across fields of melting snow.

In this scene, I see the immensity of the prairie. Land stretching. Sky stretching. Far. High. Endless.

The red pick-up provides a point upon which to focus my eyes, in which to ground myself. Still, I feel a certain smallness, a vulnerability. Even in this land where I once belonged, where my roots run deep.

© Copyright 2018 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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8 Responses to “Winter poetry from the Minnesota prairie”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    Very nice picture of the contrast of winter with my favorite color featured. And no—my favorite color is not white. 🙂

    • Oh, Beth Ann, you make me laugh on this Monday morning when we are under yet another winter storm watch (or maybe it’s “warning” by now).

      I upped the saturation on the red and tweaked the contrast to create this artsy image.

  2. Valerie Says:

    Red is always a good color to photograph in nature. I love your thoughts about the red truck and the prairie and beautiful nature, no matter what season.

    • Thank you, Valerie. The red popped in that black-and-white landscape. I’ll admit to upping the red saturation and playing with contrast on the image just to make it pop more. Sometimes I like to have fun that way with photos.

  3. sidetrackken Says:

    Your photo is as striking as your words. Thank you.

    Given the news these days, I count on your blog for relief and beauty.

  4. That truck sure stands out. Beautiful picture


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