Ode to a Prairie
Thank you, Prairie.For sharing your grasses, storms, sunsets, howling wind, pounding rain,full moons, birds, and wildflowers.Thanks to my friends; the pair of Great Horned owlsthat graced the fence posts outside my windows. To the coyotes that answered my howls and pooped on my gravel drive.To the deer that bedded downin the tall grass next to the pond.To the skunk that got me twice.To the fox and turkeysthat passed by on their way.To the remains of the toweringcottonwood that succumbedto lightening. Thank you for letting me stayin your midst for eight years. I will miss you and the ghostsof the bison that thunderedon your stems.You have taught me much about the high prairies,and I mourn your loss under the blades as they scrape you away.But your moonlit nights with gentle breezes will always stay with me. Even in the desert which will soon be my new Home.