My Plateau


Beth Bates:

iPad Art by Amy Nelp (San Juans)

iPad Art by Amy Nelp

Honored to be included in this lovely series, American Vignette, and selected for Freshly Pressed. Thank you, Andrea, Brevity, and Susan Lerner.

Originally posted on Andrea Reads America:

Map: Colorado, setting of "My Plateau" by Beth Bates

Map: Colorado, setting of “My Plateau” by Beth Bates

This is a guest post from Beth Bates who contributed in response to the American Vignette call for submissions. The setting is Colorado. Enjoy!

My heart cracks a little when I allow it to revisit the scene where my teenagers are babies and I am a cattleman-turned-lawyer’s wife in southwest Colorado.

We’re living in a one-story house on a one-acre lot among farms and ranches postage-stamped on an irrigated mesa 6,000 feet above sea level. In the field behind our homestead near the Black Canyon, Grand Mesa, San Juan Mountains, and the Uncompahgre Plateau, an amber sea of barley undulates in the September sun. In alternating years the crop is corn. Nearby farms yield onions, the earthy scent of which wafts our way on windy days.

Winters, on the land behind our Spring Creek Mesa house, cows take up residence to…

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4 thoughts on “My Plateau

  1. Beth, this is such a pleasure to read not only because of your exceptional talent of weaving words, but also because I share your love of those mountains, that corner of the earth (who couldn’t love them?). It was a surprise and delight to be transported back to thoughts of Yankee Boy Basin, the Black Canyon and September in the San Juans, all the way from here in South Africa, where I sit now. Thank you for this gift.

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