They Rode A Crooked Mile
By Darrell Egbert
Copyright 2011 Darrell Egbert
Cover Art by Wallace Brazzeal
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Leading my paint by the bridle, I turned right at Oliver Lewis’s farm and continued walking in the shade of Lombardy Poplars, teeming with flocks of chirping wild canaries. The trees followed a narrow irrigation ditch brimming with cold, clear water; below the surface, thick strands of moss waved in the current like a woman’s hair blowing in the wind. There was a broad expanse of newly mown lawn between Oliver’s fence and the bank, while tufts of grass and dandelions curled downward, the grass touching the surface; the dandelions stretching away in the distance like a yellow ribbon, bending, as the road turned and headed east toward Bernard’s Mercantile.