“Sundown” by Karen O’Leary



Dakota dust clings
to dad’s sweaty skin.
We bring cold water
& ham sandwiches
to the men working
to get the crops planted.

Today they beat
the storm as steady
rain soaks the parched
soil, nourishing water
for the tiny seeds
they just tucked in.


Background for this Poem:

This poem is born of my growing up in rural Minnesota as a child that appreciated the opportunity to share in the farm life on vacations with my cousins. We brought the sandwiches out to those that were working in the fields. Rain was deeply appreciated when the crops were in. I’ve lived in North Dakota for most of my life as an adult. The rural life is a vital part of the Red River Valley.


Author Bio:

Karen O’Leary is a writer and editor from West Fargo, North Dakota. She has published poetry, short stories, and articles in a variety of venues including Frogpond, A Hundred Gourds, bear creek haiku, Shemom, Creative Inspirations and NeverEnding Story. She edited an international online journal called Whispers for 5 ½ years. She enjoys sharing the gift of words.


Find Karen’s Writing at:

Whispers journal


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Christyl aka Chrissy Lorraine

Christyl aka Chrissy Lorraine is an artist and writer who crochets, gardens, draws, paints, and composes under a variety of pen names, each one specific to a particular genre: Amarine Rose Ravenwood is for her feminine poetry - Saoirse Fae is for her fairy tales and fairy-tale poetry - Mina Marial Nicoli is for her children's stories and poetry - and Phoebe Grant is for her light horror fairy tales and her darker, Halloween-type poetry. Preteen and teenage fantasy fiction are under Chrissy Lorraine. She is also the owner/publisher of The Literary Librarian - an e-zine dedicated to publishing poetry and interviews with various poets and authors from around the world.

8 thoughts on ““Sundown” by Karen O’Leary”

  1. I enjoyed the imagery and the picture was a perfect pairing! Best wishes on your writing!

    Mary Bone


    1. Dear Mary,

      Thank you for your kind words. It was a joy to read your poem published in this beautiful journal too.

      Blessings always,


    1. Thank you so much, Paul. It’s been a wonderful experience, sharing the gift of words with you lately. I hope you will have a poem published here soon.

      Blessings always,

      Liked by 1 person

  2. This is a subtle, yet stunning piece of Americana.
    I am grateful to this venue for featuring Karen, who has long been a favorite writer of mine.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Dear Michael,

      It’s been awhile. You are such an encouraging friend. I hope you will be writing another poem to add to your blog. I look forward to reading it.

      Blessings and best wishes,

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Dear Nathan,

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Have you been published here? If so, please let me know so that I can return the favor.

      Best wishes,


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