Rock Piles

Rock Piles | Mansfield, WA | May 2020

I survey the wind-downed pine cones littering our lawn and shake my head at the drudgery of raking. Just imagine tackling the removal of thousands of sofa-sized boulders from 200 acres of potential wheat field. “We’re gonna need a bigger wagon,” homesteaders must have said. Clearing a field meant weeks of work and still does, even with a front-end loader. The resulting rock piles stand as tilted temples to the grit and grunts of those dryland farmers. So I rake up a few cones in their honor. Maybe this’ll be easier than I thought.