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Sliver of Blue
Plowed winter soil of the San Joaquin Valley,
portrait of symmetry in hues of brown.
The eye follows rows of dormant grapevines,
boughs of weeping rust clinging to vines.
To the west, dry hills rise to dusty skies,
and ashen acres mark summer brush fires.
Endless road bisects almond trees,
Few people, a desolate place,
only farmers, migrant workers,
and black and white cow faces,
in that sparse dotting of Tamarisks,
shelter from the sun and ceaseless gusts.
Frequently fatal fog collects chains of car collisions.
The California Aqueduct parallels this road,
Cattle Egret have found new winter homes,
stark white against a sliver of blue.
Tapped to irrigate crops suited for wetter climes,
carrying the liquid of life southward
To L.A. and beyond,
where water is gold.
© 1999 Corinne Bailey