Three Midwestern Poems

An Iowa Farm
An Iowa Farm
Gerry Short's watercolor of an Iowa barn
Gerry Short's watercolor of an Iowa barn | Source

Three Midwestern Poems

Iowa Skies

Above a green ocean of rustling corn stalks

filled with sparrows and crickets and dotted

with bunches of brown cattle near red barns,

a sunny wide sky engulfs the land.

Clumps of trees spread out into distance

where clouds, so white, touch the horizon.

Slowly the billows thicken to dark gray rain clouds

that puff and spread like giants of the earth.

Bolts and balls of lightning flash and rumble

within their black and growing anvils.

Great white sheets of hailstones pelt the ground

as corn stalks sway and bend far down.

The telephone wires hum over dusty windsept roads.

Thunder dwindles and stinging rain slacks off;

the sky clears as crows caw,

and wired fence posts glisten in a bright sun.

Hay Hauler

Standing high on a pile of hay bales

far out in the rolling prairie,

lone, sunlit man stares into space,

forgetting a while his own chore

of crunching into hay with hooks,

loading his muddy truck sky high,

to chug down a winding, dusty road

into distance under blue sky.

Prairie Shadow

Buttes, mesas, tumbleweed and space,

blue skies, strings of curving white clouds,

and cattle grazing near a sod hut

where Antonia and other Nebraskans

stand casting long and dark shadows,

watching a russet setting sun,

silhouette dry sagebrush knolls

rolling out forever into the beyond.

These three poems go western from Iowa to Nebraska to eastern Colorado.

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank for these absolutely wonderful poems.

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juneaukid 6 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

You are welcome, Hello,hello

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Daena B. 6 years ago from Wenatchee, WA

Someone reccomended I read your hub, and I can see why! Your writing is wonderful.

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juneaukid 6 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Many thanks Daena B!

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