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Driving Home One Winter Day
Judy Lorenzen


Earth’s catching cold.
Leafless oaks sneeze blackbirds
into pink-orange neon clouds, low—
Early eve, Shady Bend pond
becomes a ski resort;
raucous arrival, chorus reverberates
from skies
Canada snow geese, invading battalions,
slice iced waters alongside scared mallards
flurry fresh air
spectacular sky, so busy, so vast
lines rivulet over head
spill from skies
I steer my car trancelike
             my mind migrating
                                with geese
by flapping
           a thousand wings
lost in this blizzard’s beauty
I drive home
awe winter—
catching this flight of time
                 all the time not knowing
how I, myself, arrived.

© by Judy Lorenzen.
Used here with the author's permission.



Judy Lorenzen is a writer, poet, and high-school English teacher. Widely published, she draws inspiration from the Great Plains’ seasons and the joys and sorrows of life. Judy lives in Central City, Nebraska.




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Lori Levy:
Beautiful images.
Posted 01/14/2020 01:21 AM
This my teacher!!!!
Posted 01/13/2020 10:57 AM
You took me back to Nebraska for a moment. Thanks.
Posted 01/13/2020 09:02 AM
michael escoubas:
Remarkable how the most ordinary of activities (driving home) can become the source of extraordinary art! Thank Judy.
Posted 01/13/2020 09:00 AM
Beautiful words, bringing to mind a vivid picture of just simply driving home. Love the descriptions given. Thanks for sharing.
Posted 01/13/2020 08:15 AM
I'm glad we (especially women) can drive a car and at the same time, be somewhere else entirely. I love the last two lines!!
Posted 01/13/2020 08:05 AM
Strong work, wonderful language
Posted 01/13/2020 06:44 AM

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