Dark morning without moon or stars
before the first winter storm, the day before
Black Friday rains deals and discounts

for Christmas, for our economy and I am
ever thankful that the bulls are out early
courting cows, meeting kids and family

before dirt roads get too slick to travel—
ever thankful for the drought that felled
two big Live Oaks on the gate and fence

we corded-up and stacked beneath the eave
before the girls drove posts and spliced
the barbed wire on a mat of green

to leave the mess looking like a park—ever
thankful for them, for you and this ground
we’re invested in together, for good horses

willing to get the cow work done—
black skies without moon or stars,
you and I alone before the storm.


3 responses to “BLACK SKIES

  1. great shot – did you tone it down? Like your words as well – ‘you and I alone before the storm’ says so much.

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    • Thanks, Maureen. December 2014 photo I liked better in B&W. Increasing the background contrast left no depth in the cattle… probably a gray day anyway, so I let the background kind of fade away.

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  2. A good day to drink in how thankful we really are.
    Hope you had a good one and were able to be with family, John


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