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  • The one thing that made me go was the whisper.

    The blue allure of a northeast Colorado sky is both a burden binding a person to the prairie and a breathy whisper urging flight. Shunning the weight to favor the whisper, I broke from home at 25, grasping a gold band and a diploma. Only the young can bear such glossy, honest hope. As I marched, I lost one gold band and acquired another, joined, then, by two graceful and well-loved daughters. This second match ended staggeringly after a pair of slippery decades, with my finger painfully shed of its gold.

    I knew, from visits home, the persistent press of the sky and the surge of the soil. Energized rock beneath quickened pulse, and always the blue whisper urged rebound. Definite, final, symbiotic need returned me to Sterling, Colorado. I was without a home and my father sought someone to sing along as he weakened, waned, and finally, passed.

    I live, now, in the house he built, where so long ago I was formed, judged, and released. It, and the massive, forever sky, are my most clear reference points. Long undone is the hopeful, flighty blue whisper, and while the landscape seems familiar it is curiously dulled. I’m left blurred and myopic, as when winter wind flings bitter, obscuring flakes.

    I returned seeking shelter, and I found it, but I do not feel comforted: Home.
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