Author's Note: Thanks to the generosity of Suzanne and Karl Kelm, in October 2018 I was able to spend a week writing poems along the Keya Paha River in north-central Nebraska, on their ranch called Wishin' Jupiter. "Wishin' Jupiter," as I remember, was the name their daughter gave to her first bicycle, and when the Kelms bought their ranch, it sounded just right for their piece of land. Certainly the place is a terrific one for writing poems; these are some of mine which were inspired there.
Three Poems from
The River Will Tell You
Who walks these hills knows wind and sand, knows the grasses, the sound of cottonwoods in the distance, the small birds singing, the chirp of crickets, what God meant, saying Let there be light! ~ The world doesn't stay where you want to put it. The smell of autumn prairie follows you into the house, the smell of the river. The smell of the house follows you out. ~ The sky does not tell us what is beyond this shell of stars; we can only imagine. Some think there’s a heaven and some think it’s emptiness. I tend to go with those who say what you see is what you get – particle or wave – depending. ~
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