Wednesday, June 16, 2021

NEBRASKA SANDHILLS (12) 


Wisdom doesn't
fight the wind
in the Sandhills.



Tuesday, June 15, 2021

NEBRASKA SANDHILLS (11) 


In the Sandhills
the flowers
hold onto hope.



Monday, June 14, 2021

NEBRASKA SANDHILLS (10) 


These are not your
Sandhills to write

about, the wind
tells the poet.

The poet doesn't
listen to the wind,

but to the stars.



Sunday, June 13, 2021

TEN OLD MONK POEMS (19) 


IT'S NOT WHAT'S

It's not what's
in the basket
that's important,
the old monk says.
What's important
is that you
bring it.

~

SEE HOW I DO THAT

See how I do that,
the old monk said,
directing the sunset.
It's all in the wrist.

~

IT DOESN'T MATTER

It doesn't matter
how you die,
the old monk says.
When you're dead,
you're dead.

~

YOU THINK ABOUT

You think about funerals,
of course you see darkness,
and the darkness sees you,
the old monk said.

~

PUT IT THERE

Put it there, the old monk said,
if that's where you want to put it.
I understand he bites.

~

YOU WANT MORE?

You want more? More?
the old monk said.
Then you carry it
up the mountain.

~

THERE IS SOMEWHERE

There is somewhere
an angel, whether you think
you need one or not,
the old monk says.

~

ALL THE THINGS

All the things you want to say
you don't say outloud,

the old monk says, is what
marks you as a wise man.

~

THAT'S THE WAY

That's the way it is
in the monastery,
the old monk says,

biscuits and gravy
every day
for breakfast.

~

IF I COULD

If I could I would
sell you a dozen more
at half the price,

the old monk said,
but I have to
make a living.

~


NEBRASKA SANDHILLS (9) 


Every day is another
year for cottonwoods
in the Sandhills.



Saturday, June 12, 2021

NEBRASKA SANDHILLS (8) 


It comes hard
or it doesn't

come at all
in the Sandhills.



Friday, June 11, 2021

NEBRASKA SANDHILLS (7) 


The grasses
know their job
in the Sandhills.
So does the wind.



Thursday, June 10, 2021

NEBRASKA SANDHILLS (6) 


God made time for the Sandhills.
The cowboy in the oncoming pick-up
knows it.



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