Wednesday, June 17, 2009


The modern farmer
attempts the work of
Native Americans--
of lightning.
He clears the land
and keeps the prairie free
of extraneous growth
where he cultivates
his crops and
allows his herds to graze.
But the plain misses
the pound of bison hooves--
aches for the heat of the flame.
For the plow is
not as discriminating
as fire.

Marsha Salerno June 2009

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