A Panorama in Monochrome

the prairie winter moon-
scape
spotted and scarred
with hot aluminium
silos, glowing
in the high-white day

snowdust blowing up
between black
shock of knotty trees
leafless
trembling in
the desert dry air

scrabbly rows
along
tractor-trailer grid
chapped lip
blister dead wind whistling
over bumpy scabs of settlement

a howl of dogs
and barn door bang
heavy as timber plank
amid the scuttle of shod hooves
beneath
the musk sweet hayloft

© Emerys Watchel, 2017 All rights reserved.

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