"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, November 27, 2014


"November"--8 by 10 watercolor
Thanksgiving Day
       is a journey of years, 
of lives, 
of memories, 
of tears,
of laughter, 
of togetherness, 
of separation,
of places
      and tables
      far and near.
Bountiful plates
      of food
are only symbols
      of  servings
of  years between
and family and friends
      gathered around tables
as the journey continues.