We stood in the midst of a great alluvial plain  and felt the horizon coming   at us like a storm, seeking us out.We felt the wet land shuddering under the waves  of an invisible sea, and herds   of buffalo thundering underground.The sun scorched a hole in the widest prairie sky  and the rough, whistling, russet—   colored grasses flowed at our knees.We saw tawny hawks sailing across the clouds  and wolves storming in packs,   and that’s when we closed our eyesto imagine the wheatfields, the sod huts and log cabins,  a stone church kneeling down   in the dust of the unspeakable.It required a steady hand moving across an empty page.  We would be a single voice   giving names to the bare places.—Edward Hirsch, from “Iowa Suite”Art Credit Mark Posey

We stood in the midst
 of a great alluvial plain
  and felt the horizon coming
   at us like a storm, seeking us out.

We felt the wet land
 shuddering under the waves
  of an invisible sea, and herds
   of buffalo thundering underground.

The sun scorched a hole
 in the widest prairie sky
  and the rough, whistling, russet—
   colored grasses flowed at our knees.

We saw tawny hawks
 sailing across the clouds
  and wolves storming in packs,
   and that’s when we closed our eyes

to imagine the wheatfields,
 the sod huts and log cabins,
  a stone church kneeling down
   in the dust of the unspeakable.

It required a steady hand
 moving across an empty page.
  We would be a single voice
   giving names to the bare places.

Edward Hirsch, from “Iowa Suite”
Art Credit Mark Posey

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