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Pictures of Juarez

By: Ardis E. Parshall - January 26, 2012

Pictures of Juarez

By Grace Zenor Pratt

Springtime in Juarez – let me return once more –
Fragrance of blossoms, humming of the bees;
The lacy, flowering beauty of the trees. –
Apricot, peach and apple, pear flowers, white
While yards of roses quicken my delight.

Summer in Juarez – let me feel thy breath
From canyon’s shaded gloom and silver streams.
Peace dwell beside me while I sit and dream,
Rest me beside the wide-flung alamo trees,
Breathe the rain-freshened air on every breeze.

Autumn in Juarez – mellow sunset’s glow;
From rocky highway I am looking down,
A mystic sunset glories the town;
Tall golden poplars, maples bright,
Touched with the magic glow of sunset’s light.

Winter in Juarez – one last backward glance.
From hill top’s crest, O fairy mountain vale,
Half said, I watch thy golden glory pale,
‘Neath shadowed hills of lavender and blue –
Ofttimes in dreams I journey back to you.

(1929)



4 Comments »

  1. Dang! I expected pictures, like, well, photos. See? You’ve spoiled us, Ardis.

    Comment by David Y. — January 26, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

  2. Word pictures, David, WORD pictures!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — January 26, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

  3. I imagine that Grace had been part of the 1912 exodus and hadn’t gone back. If that is the case, it adds an extra measure of poignancy for me.

    Comment by J. Stapley — January 26, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

  4. I think you’re right, J. It has something of the quality of looking back at Nauvoo or other lost homes, doesn’t it?

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — January 26, 2012 @ 3:38 pm

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