"When dawn spreads its paintbrush on the plain, spilling purple... ," Songs of the Pioneers song from TV show "Wagon Train." Dawn on the mythic Santa Fe Trail, New Mexico, looking toward Raton from Cimarron. -- Clarkphoto. A curmudgeon's old-fashioned newspaper column, cross-breeding metaphors and journalism and art, for readers in 150 countries.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

I knew I was home when I saw the ...

...statue...gray marble, in the courthouse square, at Bentonville, Arkansas. Yes, I'm a Texan, but the word "Confederate" at the bottom and "To the Southern Soldier" says "Southerner," like my ancestors.
People of many races gathered in the square in the evenings, listening to music, talking, strolling, eating ice cream in front of Sam Walton's original five-and-dime, enjoying a cool southern evening. 
The statue is dedicated to James H. Berry of Bentonville, who served both of his countries honorably. Just a short trip from Indian Territory for a breath of fresh air and relaxation, while the sentinel stands watch, looking westward, my wife says to the future, rather than to the north, and the past.

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