SHARKEY COUNTY, Mississippi (WJTV) — The Delta’s most important exports have historically been cotton, soybeans, corn and blues music. The most famous blues makers have their markers all over the Delta to let you know where they were born and where they lived when they left for Memphis or Chicago.
Behind them, they left their muse. The flat, warm Delta full of small hub towns where you can grab a Co-Cola and a bag of chips for lunch. The tiny hamlet, usually near a creek or bayou, has been cleared, planted and tended as if life depended on it, because it does. A good harvest year benefits everyone, from the banker to the car dealership to the potato chip sellers to the convenience store.
The last day of summer in the Delta is much like it has been since mid-May and will continue perhaps a week or so after the Mississippi State Fair. it’s hot.
The distance joins in a dreamy dance of shimmering reality bending and blending the horizon with the sky, the road and the tree line with water that is not there.
There is also a dance that the clouds do with the rows of corn. It’s too slow to see in real time, like the rest of life. You can’t really tell what’s going on in real time. Only when you look back and speed it up can you pull off the patterns. Speed up and you’ll know exactly where you went wrong.
Speed things up here and see. Light and shadow. The sky teases the earth. Now you see it, now you don’t. Watching the clouds wash over the delta on a hot day is a dreamer’s paradise.
On the last day of summer, there is not too much time left for daydreaming. The cotton is already harvested somewhere. Forage corn will soon be cut and soybeans will be combined day and night if needed. The land that changes so slowly and so little from summer to fall will look completely different when fall turns into winter.