minimalist dreams

“The isolated Model T truck bears the weight and pride of a hundred years of rust, becoming prairie art and sentinel.” 

– quote and photo by Glenn Buttkus at South Sound Minimalist Photos

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cousin billy jo’s family
left kansas in dust bowl;
packed worldly possessions
headed to californ-I-ay
to live under a palm tree
but truck broke down in dry
gulch county of colorado;
abandoned it right there
hiked to nearby town
where billy jo’s daddy
found work in a mine;
rusted dreams sift sand,
no palm tree for miles.

20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ali Grimshaw
    Jul 12, 2021 @ 17:12:14

    A fun read. Thanks for sharing.


  2. Sunra Rainz
    Jun 16, 2021 @ 18:23:00

    I love the whole backstory you’ve assigned to this image 🙂 Bravo!


  3. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Jun 16, 2021 @ 14:06:32

    A bit like the Joads, but I think their old truck came a little further.


  4. Helen Dehner
    Jun 16, 2021 @ 12:32:16

    This is beautiful poetry … ‘rusted dreams’ resonates.


  5. sanaarizvi
    Jun 16, 2021 @ 12:04:11

    I absolutely love this- the fact that you associated a memory, characters and setting to this photograph is splendid! 💝💝 I can picture the truck breaking down in ‘dry gulch county of colorado,’ and how billy jo’s daddy found work in a mine.” Thank you so much for adding your voice to the prompt. 🙂


  6. Susan St.Pierre
    Jun 16, 2021 @ 07:26:42

    Oh my! This was great! If abandoned vehicles and houses could could tell their stories? I often think of that. Loved it!


  7. K.Hartless
    Jun 16, 2021 @ 04:17:01

    Nostalgic write and I love the slang tone.


  8. Glenn A. Buttkus
    Jun 15, 2021 @ 22:58:34

    There it is, THE BALLAD OF MODEL T. If you want to hear God laugh, make a plan, right? Oh, you forgot to tell us that Billy Jo married, a banker and only drove Cadillacs.


  9. msjadeli
    Jun 15, 2021 @ 21:09:08

    Your guess is as good as any, Lynn. Could be just the way it happened. I’m glad they made it to a town out of that blazing desert heat.


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