Moreau River, South Dakota–Jeff Burt

Moreau River, South Dakota

 

Prairie knoll

moon-blue barley,

awn and beard-wagging

over the puddled pond

the coots filter,

glints of mica

on grass-sagging frost.

 

O the wounding precision

of dawn, Dakota sky

a glassy clarity

the mind cannot achieve,

redwings on reeds,

one look and autumn

emptiness filled.

 

 

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