Spring-Summer 2010




Photo of sawtooth sunflower (Helianthus grosseserratus) by LeAnn Spencer. Copyright © 2010. All rights reserved.

Photo of sunset by Jason Sturner. Copyright © 2010.
All rights reserved.

Land Rush

Leah H. Hebner

When we first moved here, rode
the noon shotgun down to our acre, drove
a stake through its heart, no one
had ever been this far west – no one.

Now the land stretches northsoutheastwest,
with only fence posts and treelings
to mark the far-flung horizon, to moor us
under the alien blue sky.

The road to our claim is littered
with wedding china.  The horse
limps and I shout down the hovering hawk
to remind me that silence is madness.
Back East, we avoided the dangerous notice
of neighbors.  Here, the sudden quiet
alerts us that Coyote is near.

This is the message I wrap
in brown paper and string, sand-buried
next to the seedling potatoes: the clear note
of the bugle hung on startled morning air.
The dust of that day was bitter on my tongue,
but lingers sweet as dandelion wine.