5.26.2005

Monuments


Midwest Elevator
Originally uploaded by ctb57.
I've driven past this elevator several times lately, and something keeps drawing me back. Tonight it was this set of stairs. So this time, I parked and got out and walked around.

As I walked, I found myself in awe of the sheer size of it, and I thought of a childhood visit to Stone Mountain, GA. I remember the size of the granite mountain and the monument carved into its side. If I remember correctly, a 6-foot tall man could easily stand in one of the horses' mouths.

Suddenly I was thinking of all the grain stored within. I wondered how many truckloads had been delivered. How many farmers' wives come to this elevator delivering the years' wages. Then I wondered how many train cars get loaded and where it all goes. Maybe some of the Kix I had for breakfast came from this very elevator.

I also wonder if ants ever feel like I felt tonight as I looked up and took photos.

Cher

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