Wichita Wife

She was a Wichita wife,
married to a lineman:
years of mending holes in overalls
stitching up their life
and waiting for his calls.

Now she trudges lonely roads,
past sagging wires and endless lines of poles,
straight as the hems she used to sew.

She heads west towards the fire
of the setting sun,
listening for his song in the wire,
threading as she goes.

Kim M. Russell, 2017

Wichita Wife

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My response to Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge #161

The first thing that came into my head when I saw this image was that song by Glen Campbell, strangely haunting me from my childhood.

20 thoughts on “Wichita Wife

    1. The little I know about Kansas is from old films and songs. Do know that it is 87% of the size if the UK but has a much smaller population, so I imagine lots of space. Where I live in the county of Norfolk it’s flat, a bit like Holland, and we have windmills. Is Kansas flat too?

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      1. That’s the fallacy of Kansas…that it’s flat. They have flint hills, bluffs and valleys too. But yes! Lots of space…friendly people is NO fallacy 😊 Kansas has barns, not windmills


    1. I read about that recently but it wasn’t in my mind when I wrote the poem Yes, it could be his wife’s song. Now I have tears in my eyes. My mum passed away in January from pneumonia in the final stages of dementia. Such a cruel disease.

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