Landscape

Wide prairie with a single tree

(add in your paint-blue sky
or cloud-dotted
or billowed with stormy gray
to the west
purple slashed from noon to night)

Wide prairie with a single tree

(make it a cottonwood, leaf shimmer
with a lonely farm—how small!
beside the lake
and give the lake a sunset glint
or a midday dazzle
and a few ducks or geese
or raucous scores of them among the reeds
cranes and herons, blackbirds
a finch?)

Wild prairie with a single tree

(strokes of swaying grasses
more than pronghorn-high
or covering the wheels of the covered wagon
the weary horses’ flanks
sweep it with flowers
purple, golden, red
or make it flattened, winter-scoured
with snow or sleet or death in the wind)

Wide prairie with a single tree

(have you found it yet
under the black, star-streamed sky
or why are you still here)

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22 thoughts on “Landscape

  1. I love the bracketed asides! What a fabulous device. So creative and the words as always gorgeous. Those final lines made me smile; they wrapped it all up in such a perfect, fitting way. One of those poems that makes me feel fulfilled 🙂

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    1. 🙂 One of those instinct things, the brackets. It seemed not quite right, without.
      You make me smile with your very sweet words–and make me want to keep working at it.

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    1. Oh, wait, here’s the Bob Ross quote I was looking for! “You can do anything you want to do. This is your world.”

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