Sunday, May 24, 2015

Nebraska

dew on a cobweb,
cobweb on a lincoln sign -
c'cadas' pitch rising
(1-13)




pack on th’york exit sign –
redwinged blackbird’s not happy ‘bout
this development
(3-17)





picnic on the platte -
entrails of catfish, wrapped in
yesterday's herald
(12-13)






grand island carney
knows twisters - wind hits trailer,
wakes in a cold sweat
(6-13)







sandwich at carhenge -
prairie stretches out for miles,
cool shade of old truck
(4-10)










on th’loup, tells th’stories,
disregards th’contents ‘f th’herald,
nails th’catfish to th’tree
(11-16)







down below, th’south platte
swim, nap ‘n’ sandwich, then decide,
denver or th’redwoods
(6-16)







tales 'f driving th'old chev -
lincoln by dawn, trunk'f ice 'n' coors,
th'kind that had t'be fresh
(5-14)







farmer, beat up truck
‘n th’lincoln backroads – th’bluestem grass
bows ‘t his arrival
(10-16)









two-lane t’columbus,
hundreds ‘f crows pick ‘t her field corn
they give her bad dreams
(11-16)








calls it grama grass
live ‘n nebraska long enough,
start seeing th’colors
(6-16)






ogallala fox -
miles of open range, harvests -
still rather be 'n town
(12-13)






back roads near burwell
th’rodeo life’s all about horses,
cows’re just t’pay for it
(6-15)







she talks – rodeo food,
th’long drives, motels, roper’s life,
th’finals in north platte
(6-15)






it’s hard ‘n’ it’s phys’cal,
might feel like ropin’ th’stranger –
smiles, n’turns back t’lincoln
(5-15)







redwinged blackbird nests
in weeds by york exit sign -
hiker hides his face
(2-10)








dawn, c’lumbus porch –
busy husband reads th’headline,
straw man smokes his pipe
(10-15)









watching huskers' game,
they didn't see th'hawk snatch th'puppy
out in th'parking lot
(12-13)








kept our son back in
lincoln schools - so he'd have a
shot at these huskers
(8-05)




 

just my luck, he says,
six hours, nothing but grassland
now, th’huskers’ traffic
(6-16)







lincoln capitol
guard - jingling keys, cold hands, hot
tea
- talking huskers
(2-10)



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capitol ‘n lincoln
quotes ‘f wisdom engraved ‘n stone,
guards’re talking huskers
(3-17)





streets of whiteclay -
turns cold fast here, and folks die,
liquor man won't budge
(11-13)







whiteclay liquor clerk
shuts th’door against th’bitter wind
‘nother sioux’s died in th’street
(10-16)






steakhouse champagne toast -
a fortune from union yards,
this cork pops for thee
(2-10)





 

may your herd run strong,
nother good year for th’huskers,
‘n’ good luck t’ th’traveler!
(3-17)







on th’road t'omaha -
tiny motel, icy walk,
th’world’s widest prairie
(6-16)






ash on icy lot,
rust heaps balance on prairie -
place called alliance
(4-10)







west ‘f lincoln, th’blizzard
plenty ‘f daylight, but can’t see much
‘cept th’silver mirrors
(2-17)







blues harp ‘n’ th’car radio
on th’train ‘cross th’frozen sand hills
they left th’keys in th’cars
(3-17)






lincoln-bound ‘n’ desp’rate,
th’driver, even ‘n th’ice, jumps out,
gives th’hitchhiker th’car
(3-17)






this road goes on to
new york, but in this snowstorm
york would be enough
(8-05)







train hauling new trucks
straight across frozen sand hills -
in one, soft blues harp
(12-13)








eighty past hastings
th’whooping crane, too, has come far
t’cross this trav’ler’s path
(11-16)






campus forsythia
pop too quick, ‘n’ th’lincoln weather
come back t’ruin you
(3-17)





welcome back, monarch!
salem roadside milkweeds know
you, too, are northbound
(2-14)








after th’cold west wind,
th’sun shines on th’salem milkweed
monarch might want t’stay
(12-16)








chadron yard breakfast
homemade bread, cheese, wine and field
of black-eyed susans
(2-10)







th’minute school lets out,
puts supplies ‘n’ h’s trunk f’r couple ‘f months
pulling trout from the loup
(6-15)







grand island, june third -
his calendar, stuck on th'day
he lost ev'rything
(12-13)





kearney dorm showers –
preparing for finals, they
might take them for granted
(2-15)








kearney dorm showers –
cramming f’r exams, they don’t mind
guests’re kind’f rare, out here
(6-16)







near ogalalla
interstate forks, prairie blooms
in both directions
(2-10)




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og’llala t’om’ha
tales ‘f th’june night they drove ninety
with th’trunk full ‘f ice ‘n’ coors
(3-17)

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