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Roy Beckemeyer

Leaning Westward

Sunrise stretching up behind us, the moon
fading to a watermark in the backlit sky,
we roll miles off I-70, watch rivers

go thready as the horizon expands into this
flatness that time has used to cap the Ogallala,

watch fields gradually go from square to circular,
cities wind down to scatterings of people spread
here and there over the wide landscape, while

cattle, once dotted across vast pastures, are now
crowded shoulder to shoulder in feedlot ghettos.

Roy Beckemeyer‘s book, Music I Once Could Dance To (2014, Coal City Press, Lawrence, KS) was a 2015 Kansas Notable Book.

Roy Beckemeyer

Under Prairie Skies

We make daily withdrawals from
our allotments of tears, hail storms,
stillborn children, sit staring at
the Spartan silence of burial plots,

remember grandfathers who spent
their days wresting land from the prairie,
acre by acre, who claimed it
with hedgerows, section lines,

cemeteries, dream that our children,
building lives on these difficult bones,
will lift their eyes to that far horizon
where stars and earth collide.

Roy Beckemeyer‘s book, Music I Once Could Dance To (2014, Coal City Press, Lawrence, KS) was a 2015 Kansas Notable Book.