Waiting for the Dust to Settle

Alexander Hogue, “The Crucified Land,” oil on canvas, 1939
Reference: Russer Tether Fine Art Associates LLC

“And I know now that all the time I was trying to get
out of the dust,
the fact is,
what I am,
I am because of the dust.
And what I am is good enough.
Even for me.”

Karen Hesse, Out of the Dust

Good evening! Please forgive me for my absence, everyone. It’s been a whirlwind, and I’ve been waiting for the dust to settle, but it seems like it going to pick up again soon! Recently got back from Las Vegas travels filled with personal development nuggets, and I have fun Halloween adventures to share. I also had an enjoyable collaboration with Joey on Writing with Strangers which resulted in a Grimm inspired poem, “A Boy Named Gullible“. I’ve also been learning how to navigate the world of solicitors touting their products and services in my new job. Discerning what is really the best value for what my boss needs is… a process. 😉

Karen Hesse wrote a verse novel called, “Out of the Dust”, which is set in Oklahoma’s dust bowls during the time of the Great Depression. Billie Jo, the 14-year old protagonist, must cope with the tragic losses of her family members and forgive herself for some devastating mistakes.

I was 13 years old when I first read it, and stepping into Billie Jo’s world was an eye-opening experience. This book was the first time I encountered a full length written in poetic format. The quote above makes me wonder about the symbolism of dust in the story and how it shaped Billie Jo’s identity. I wonder how the proverbial dust in my life has affected my character.

I’m hoping taking more breaks and relaxing my mind will help me find a few answers to my homework and work responsibilities. I decided to pass on the Brain Focus supplements in the pharmacy aisle. I like to think I can naturally release the fog in my mind and wait for it to gradually clear so I can find my way ahead…

Image Credit: Tang Jiao @ Pixabay

Though, I wouldn’t mind a metaphorical leaf blower to speed up the process of blowing the brain fog away! 🙂

In response to:

  • VJ’s Weekly Challenge #71: wait
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10 Comments Add yours

  1. V.J. Knutson says:

    Lots of food for thought here. Your trip to Vegas sounds interesting. Thanks for joining in.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. theresaly520 says:

      My mind tends to wander with your prompts 🙂 Hope to post photos from my trip later! Btw, I bought a fun floral-print blanket from your Red Bubble sight. I’m very happy with my purchase and hope to keep it in my cold office this winter.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. V.J. Knutson says:

        That’s amazing! Thanks so much. Love the pattern you picked, and happy to know where it landed.

        Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Hope you stay around

      Liked by 1 person

      1. theresaly520 says:

        Oh I will! I love this place very dearly and everyone here. ❤ 🙂

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    2. theresaly520 says:

      Living during the Dust Bowl was very difficult indeed! I know a lot of people didn’t really like to read this book because it was depressing, but I found it eye-opening to the times.

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  2. I read Out of the Dust a couple of decades ago and really enjoyed the poetic format of the story. Hesse did an outstanding job conveying this era in American history through her poetic rendering. Thanks for a thoughtful and thought-provoking post.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. theresaly520 says:

      I agree! Hesse’s work is impactful in her approach. Each line felt poignant. Thank you for your comment! 🙂


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