I ain't seen my family in twenty years That ain't easy to understand They may be dead by now I lost track of them after they lost their land
--Bob Dylan, "Long and Wasted Years"
And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
--Matthew 5:1-5 (King James Version)
To Nora Guthrie and Tiffany Colannino and Guy Logsdon
The wind of the upper flat plains sung a high lonesome song down across the blades of the dry iron grass.
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