The Lost Boy—
Winfield Scott Weeks (1847-1856)
watches from the front window, murmurs as he strokes the ears of his smooth collie, who thumps her long tail, hoping for a walk. The rooms are empty, the hearth cold and quiet, but he remembers his mother singing as she stirred the iron kettle and kneaded bread. He had held his father’s last hope along with his mother’s heart. But when he died, his family took their grief and moved away. He never met his younger brother, Frederick, orphaned at five years, who grew to work in the wool trade then started his own shoddy mill. His sisters assumed other names, married, had their own children. Now they lie next to husbands in graves far from this old farm. Across the road, the sky glows reddish orange as the sun sets past the hayfield where Jersey cows are lined up at the milk barn gate. He hears his mother’s distant calls but he is not ready to join her. Some souls stay tethered to a place— for him, this home is heaven enough.
After a career in high-tech, bg Thurston now lives on a sheep farm in Warwick, Massachusetts. In 2002, she received an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College. She has taught poetry at Lasalle College, online at Vermont College, and currently teaches poetry workshops.
Her first book, Saving the Lamb, by Finishing Line Press was a Massachusetts Book Awards highly recommended reading choice. Her second book, Nightwalking, was released in 2011 by Haleys. This year, she has finished the manuscript for her third book about the history of her 1770’s farmhouse titled From Cathouse Farm.