The Blue Hour Before Sunrise The Blue Hour Before Sunrise

The Blue Hour Before Sunrise

Shenandoah 2008, Fall, 58, 2

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Publisher Description

The sun has no place to hide on the plains, and daybreak comes often and early. I live in Grand Island, Nebraska, a small farming community nestled in the Platte River Basin where boundaries of wind and sky do not exist. This October morning, I'm standing on a hill north of town in what feels like the middle of nowhere, surrounded by endless horizons of fencerows and shaved cornfields, the gold stubble pulpy and swollen in the dew. The air is brisk with sunshine, wood smoke, the crane's undulating rattle over the Platte as I watch a ribby two-year-old mare paw the ground, daring me to approach. She has a hook of white smeared between her eyes, the rest of her mottled the brown of burned toast. Her ears are pricked, her black tail arched and whipping. She is a thunderclond on four legs. Her owner, Harold, wears a jean jacket and a red International Harvester cap. "Moody," he says. "And mean." I'd traveled alone to see the horse, six miles north on 281 toward Saint Libory, searched the unfolding prairies for a blue house on a flat-pan hill, white shutters, an '84 Lincoln on the lawn. Just before sunrise, while my husband and children hovered on the cusp of sleep, I sat alone on the back deck--one cup of coffee, two--and thumbed through the Grand Island Independent, returning to the classifieds, an ad: HORSE FOR SALE. $250. I could have asked my husband Mark what he thought about buying a horse, or if he wanted to go and look with me. But what if he had said, "This too shall pass"?

GENRE
Professional & Technical
RELEASED
2008
22 September
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
23
Pages
PUBLISHER
Shenandoah
SELLER
The Gale Group, Inc., a Delaware corporation and an affiliate of Cengage Learning, Inc.
SIZE
69.5
KB

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