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In some places

silt over loam

the death of a field

and ferns covered in dulled-silver dust:

ghosts caught between the green world and the dead.

In other places, the land stripped to bedrock

barely a place for root to take hold

soil slipped away

and our suppers with it.

In these places where weather and water upend

our hungry counting of squash in the field

ripe tomatoes

a pumpkin’s blooming

Our voices, too, ebb and flow

no longer innocent

and not today tender.

Yes, the storm is Irene.  Parts of the Valley were hit pretty hard and our Community Supported Agriculture farm lost all its squash.  But it all pales in comparison to what happened in Vermont.  Here are some VT photos that are amazing for their juxtaposition of beauty and destruction.

Before we left for Montana in July, John took a trip around the Valley to capture some of its special beauty.  We took pictures of the river and its fields, many of which flooded.  It may take years for some of these fields to recover.  Here are some of John’s photos from early summer in places:

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