Fifty-five miles
from Rapid City,
I listen intently
to November skies,
sense a hint
of precipitation
when a flock
of sparrows
prepare for flight
over a nearby field—
rich with milkweed.
My memory returns
to that evening
when the moon
hung high in silence
above the rolling prairies
and twisting mountain
roads of South Dakota
near the Badlands
where pronghorns
and bison roam freely
while a hawk hovers
above the broken
white lines
on a deserted highway.

Jim Brosnan’s publishing credits include Nameless Roads (Moon Pie Press, 2019), four chapbooks of poetry and over 500 poems, most recently appearing in the Aurorean, The Avocet, The Bridge, Eunoia Review (Singapore), Nine Muses Poetry (Wales), Strand (India), Voices of the Poppies anthology (UK) and forthcoming in the Scarlet Leaf Review (Canada). Jim has won numerous awards in the annual National Federation of State Poetry Societies competition. He is a full professor of English at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI.

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