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Judy Brackett

May I borrow a springtime prairie sky
stretching from here to everywhere
with colors of birdsong
with wind and traveling clouds
with Sandhill Cranes by the thousands
flying in
feeding in the winter fields
sleeping in the shallow Platte
pausing on their long journey to ice.
One sleetfalling December dawn
I’ll toss that wide sky above
the Ponderosa arrow tips
and let it warm
this winter place
will give it back in a day or two
need it only now and then
to remember where I started
where I sometimes want to be
for a little while.
And later when I’m far from home
beneath the same but always different
prairie sky the horizon impossibly far away
I’ll ask to borrow my own
Sierra blue hemmed in
by those pines those mountain tops
a smaller stretch of blue
to remind me of my borders
of my own safe nest
in this world.

© by Judy Brackett.
Used with the author’s permission.


Judy Brackett has published short fiction and poems in various journals and, most recently, in The Untidy Season: An Anthology of Nebraska Women Poets (Backwaters Press). She has taught creative writing and English composition and literature at the community college level. Born in Nebraska, Judy moved to California as a child and has lived in the northern Sierra Nevada foothills for many years with her husband, photographer Gene Crowe. Judy has three grown children, four grandchildren, a lively border collie, and a geriatric cat.


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Being a native Midwesterner -- Iowa -- and have been through Nebraska going to, YES, California, many years ago now -- this poem sets a sense of place -- the heartland -- so well. Ended up on the other coast -- Maine it's mountains and tall pines -- WELL, unless you KNOW the prairie -- you don't -- looking out at the Atlantic here "reminds", but will never take the place of that rolling land -- which is never flat -- open better describes it -- as you have.
Posted 12/30/2013 06:36 AM
Thanks Judy, An impressive poem, the imagery beautiful, meaningful. And Ross thanks for reminding me--Thank you Jayne.
Posted 12/29/2013 12:42 PM
Ross Kightly:
I've been looking at old photographs of my own native land from the other side of the world and the skies are what I remember as being most characteristic... thank you for this one, Judy and Jayne.
Posted 12/29/2013 11:03 AM
Wonderful poem - Amazing Imagery. Thank you Judy for the poem and thank youJ Jayne Jaudon Ferrer for sharing it.
Posted 12/29/2013 08:48 AM
Larry Schug:
Beautiful, Judy. You do a wonderful job painting with words.
Posted 12/29/2013 07:56 AM

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