84. To the Stars Through Difficulty: Roland Sodowsky

On a John Deere D tractor, early July,
plowing a wheat field north of Cimarron:
now and then a cloud, and I was grateful,

even more grateful to see a car, pickup—
anything moving—appear on the horizon,

a dark speck north or south that grew larger,
passed along the east side of the field, dwindled,
disappeared—not over a hill—just disappeared.

My certainty that we, passerby and I,
shared something still embarrasses me.

— Roland Sodowsky

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