Raw, idiom: 14a. in the natural, uncultivated, or unrefined state: nature in the raw.

The wind in SF this week has been straight-up prairie wind.  It blows me down the hill, it blasts me off the sidewalks into the street, it whips my hat off and spirals it down the block.  It's a tease, a flirt, bearing memories and musings.  And man, do I need a dose.

Sigh.  Willa C. will have to do.


Prairie Spring

Evening and the flat land,
Rich and somber and always silent;
The miles of fresh plowed soil,
Heavy and black, full of strength and harshness;
The growing wheat, the growing weeds,
The toiling horses, the tired men;
The long empty roads,
Sullen fires of sunset, fading,
The eternal, unresponsive sky.
Against all this, Youth,
Flaming like the wild roses,
Singing like the larks over the plowed fields,
Flashing like a star out of the twilight,
Youth with its insupportable sweetness,
Its fierce necessity,
Its sharp desire,
Singing and singing,
Out of the lips of silence,
Out of the earthy dusk.

-- Willa Cather


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