Steve Coffee, Songwriter

The Impossible Sky

©2013 Stephen R Coffee

Ruth, the farm wife, describes her love for their family's meager home and the harsh landscape around them. From Rain Follows the Plow, here performed by Caroline Ferrante with the Rain Follows the Plow Orchestra.

Dear Sister, It’s so nice to read your letter
I so rarely get to visit
living out here on the farm so far from people
do you really want to hear
about the way we homesteaders live?

Well it’s hard, maybe harder than expected
imagine my surprise
to find out that what we’d call our house
was really just a hole in the ground
our neighbors, the centipedes and snakes

But the sky, the impossible sky
this ever-changing dome
it truly is our home
and the earth, the bountiful earth
the endless horizon
it’s all here
the air so clear
the stars so near

These days, my husband is the tallest thing I see
we have to ride down to the creek
to find a tree
the way we stick out above the grass
we must look like stray whiskers
on the face of the earth

and the wind, oh the storms they are so fearsome
they stomp around like giants
and hurl their thunderbolts
we scurry like the little owls
and prairie dogs
and dive into our burrow in the ground

But the sky, the impossible sky
this luminescent dome
it truly is our home
and the earth, the bountiful earth
the endless horizon
it’s all here
the air so clear
the stars so near

Last evening, we walked between the furrows
all the way down to the fence
at the far end of the field
and I felt love, yes love
for the little shoots of green
so tender, and yet so brave

but the sky, the impossible sky
we wheel around within it
you can feel the planet spinning
and the earth, the bountiful earth
the endless horizon
it’s all here, the air so clear
the stars so near

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