This vel documents the idealistic passage of a young couple from WWII-era Brooklyn into a bleak terrain in upstate New York, where they establish a family farm. Within a span of twenty years, they raise five boys and watch them leave their dreams behind, one by one. As alcohol and disillusionment begin to cast their long shadows over the succeeding generation, each of the family's sons develops a suite of defensive behaviors; until, at last, the youngest son, Zeekie, finds redemption in becoming the family's storyteller.
Jabez L. Van Cleef takes foundational texts from many oral traditions and religions and creates a common poetic format to preserve, promote and disseminate the values of these cultures. His work also promotes the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other frameworks intended to foster full realization of human potential. See more at www.sustainyourspirit.com.