Kansas

Like a wheel 
Of one of many covered 
Wagons which
Once lined this old town’s streets
Before bricks paved them
Before substantial buildings 
Took up residence and 
Stores opened
Along them
Snowfake 
Heralding Christmas
Snowflake
Never falling, never melting
Snowflake
Sparkling blue at night
Blue starburst
Snowflake
Above a dusty Kansas street
Holding up the bold blue
Sky. 

Through Barbed Wire

 
What can you see through a barbed wire fence? No city streets, no glorious architecture, no people?
So what is there to see? If you never look, how much of life you miss. You might miss a wild pink rose bush stirred into the green windblown grasses.
A pasture fenced with barbed wire is a common sight in Oklahoma.
 Pasture roses climb old fences and gradually weigh them down. 
 
Foxglove beard Tongue blooming along the fenceline.
 
Prairie Plantain in the thick summer grasses with wild grape vine climbing the fence like a trellis.
Here is foxglove just beginning to blossom.
 
Coreopsis and coneflowers
 
The cattle graze across green ranch lands.

Trees slowly retake a pasture where no animals graze.
 
Clover and milk weed in the spring grass show through rusty barbed wire.
 
A green pasture full of plants.
 
A roofless stone shed tells of earlier landholders.
 
A curious donkey comes to look back at passersby.
 
A bird on the fence watching for flying snacks.
The Big Oklahoma Sky!

Through Barbed Wire

 
What can you see through a barbed wire fence? No city streets, no glorious architecture, no people?
So what is there to see? If you never look, how much of life you miss. You might miss a wild pink rose bush stirred into the green windblown grasses.
A pasture fenced with barbed wire is a common sight in Oklahoma.
 Pasture roses climb old fences and gradually weigh them down. 
 
Foxglove beard Tongue blooming along the fenceline.
 
Prairie Plantain in the thick summer grasses with wild grape vine climbing the fence like a trellis.
Here is foxglove just beginning to blossom.
 
Coreopsis and coneflowers
 
The cattle graze across green ranch lands.
Trees slowly retake a pasture where no animals graze.
 
Clover and milk weed in the spring grass show through rusty barbed wire.
 
A green pasture full of plants.
 
A roofless stone shed tells of earlier landholders.
 
A curious donkey comes to look back at passersby.
 
A bird on the fence watching for flying snacks.
The Big Oklahoma Sky!