Katherine Keates

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Abandoned ... but not forgotten


"Armed with a mind filled with stories of days gone by and the indelible memory of the lay of the land, I stopped at what would have been the proud entrance to the town to get my bearings. Just as I had remembered, the town was still being gradually swallowed by the desert. The undulating waves of sand drifts mounted the walls of the abandoned houses, hospital, town hall, and out buildings. The open doors and broken or missing windows of the formerly elegant buildings seem to have invited the invading sand-laden wind to fill them like cracked vessels. Vessels that could never dream of holding their contents. Sand poured out from their gaping wounds. It all seemed so temporary yet strangely and reassuringly natural."    -- excerpt from Surrender, a short story by Katherine Keates