Saturday, May 16, 2020




As dusk lands gently

hovering above the tree

the owl lights upon cottonwood

with each hoo from perch

spindly sprig bends beneath


Poem 20-130y

#nebraskathoughtsandlife, #highplainspoet, nature, owl, prairie, farm_life,western_nebraska




In chairs on the porch we sat

a quarantine quorum

healing moment

where grace given


Love in expression

as wash one another's feet

affirming what God has done

calling forth who we are


Rub oil into the creases

callouses of journey softened

the miles tread to get here

miles left to go


Sweetness envelopes

the blossom of repair

as receive love given

we rest as a family


Poem 20-123W

We did a foot washing as a family.

#westernnebraskathougthsandlife, #highplainspoet, family, spiritual, rest, joy, quarantine

Sunday, May 10, 2020



Steady cadence of rain
hitting the roof
running off the shingles
drumming on the aluminum ladder

Spring day rearranged
sunshine hides deep
behind gray sky
patiently waiting

As leaf and blade
lap up life giving draughts
beauty in beads of rain
clings lustily before absorbed

Poem 20-123X
#westernnebraskathoughtsandlife, #highplainspoet, Spring, rain, life

Friday, May 8, 2020



Moment lingers as mist in the valley bottom
recall what's been all mixed together
in once again being together
shared bond
remembers love

Poem 20-123V2
#westernnebraskathoughtsandlife, #highplainspoet, family, memory, love, relationships

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Quarantined Love

Quarantined Love

Cardboard spool
of empty toilet paper roll
where love quarantined
no more squares to give

Now forced together 24/7
warmth not shared between the sheets
unkempt bed mirrors lonely hearts
pain of love grown cold

Empty shelves
greedy impulses hoard
what love remains
packed neatly in dark cupboards

Blow gently upon cold ashes
embers still to nurse
tenderly fuel what's left
rebuild what's been neglected

Each breath whispers memories
of what we still have
stoke the fire with explosive tinder
add the dead bramble

Stroke her cheek
caress the tears
of what was lost
and now is found

Once again tangle
roots and limbs
embrace forgiveness
begin again

In season of quarantined love
connection grafted together
touching most
tender parts

Poem 20-123U
#highplainspoet, #westernebraskathougtsandlife, love, walls, distance, connection, relationship, healing, hope, restoration, forgiveness

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Quarantined #5

Quarantined #5

Spirit calls out
to find Creator
only He satisfies

Poem 20-096z
#westernnebraskathoughtsandlife, #highplainspoet, quarantine

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Quarantined #4

Quarantined #4

Depth of loneliness
permeates through
expressed in 8PM howling

Poem 20-096z
#westernnebraskathoughtsandlife, #highplainspoet, quarantine

Monday, May 4, 2020

Quarantined #3

Quarantined #3

Walls built
around who I am
no one comes or goes

Poem 20-096z
#westernnebraskathoughtsandlife, #highplainspoet, quarantine

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Quarantined #2

Quarantined #2

Hide the soul
exposure painful

Poem 20-096z
#westernnebraskathoughtsandlife, #highplainspoet, quarantine

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Quarantined #1

Quarantined #1

Truth pierces the nations
virus reflects panic (self sufficiency)
quarantined response

Poem 20-096z
#westernnebraskathoughtsandlife, #highplainspoet, quarantine

Early Spring

Early Spring

It's the time of year

when dawn exhales

blowing last year's dreck

across disked fields

Bending brown stand of brome

catching last years debris above

new blade growth tender green

only at dusk to pause and inhale

Liquid warmth of gossamer lay

sheer upon tender breasts

nuzzle 'til rise 'n fall of chest stops

perhaps just sleeping

Entwined in symbiotic rhythm

limbs wrapped about the other's trellis

only to waken before sunrise

and graciously repeat

Poem 20-091A

#westernnebraskathoughtsandlife, #highplanespoet, strong_winds, rhythms, love

As the sun rises the wind picks up until softening at dusk this time of year.  Life on the high plains.