Quotation by Kathleen Norris

We hold on to hopes for next year every year in western Dakota: hoping that droughts will end; hoping that our crops won't be hailed out in the few rainstorms that come; hoping that it won't be too windy on the day we harvest, blowing away five bushels an acre; hoping ... that if we get a fair crop, we'll be able to get a fair price for it. Sometimes survival is the only blessing that the terrifying angel of the Plains bestows.
Kathleen Norris (b. 1947), U.S. poet and farmer. Dakota, ch. 1 (1993).

Norris and her husband, both poets, managed a family farm in Lemmon, South Dakota.
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