At Home

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There are no creatures you cannot love.
A frog calling at God
From the moon-filled ditch
As you stand on the country road in the June night.
The sound is enough to make the stars weep
With happiness.
In the morning the landscape green
Is lifted off the ground by the scent of grass.
The day is carried across its hours
Without any effort by the shining insects
That are living their secret lives.
The space between the prairie horizons
Makes us ache with its beauty.
Cottonwood leaves click in an ancient tongue
To the farthest cold dark in the universe.
The cottonwood also talks to you
Of breeze and speckled sunlight.
You are at home in these
great empty places
along with red-wing blackbirds and sloughs.
You are comfortable in this spot
so full of grace and being
that it sparkles like jewels
spilled on water.
~Tom Hennen “A Country Overlooked”

 

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This cottonwood of five senses stands alone and grace-filled in our lower field, slowly blowing its leaves. It will strip bare in preparation for winter, its skeleton stark in the morning light.  The old farmer called this tree his “Balm of Gilead” for its healing qualities, his fingertips rubbing its honey-like sap that weeps from its branches, a scent of sweetness clinging like an aura to him. Now its branches snap in the wind and its leaves twirl down brittle-yellow and crunchy under my boot.  It heals me from a distance, and up close.  It calls me home.  Like a balm, I can nearly taste its honey.

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photo by Josh Scholten
photo by Josh Scholten

7 thoughts on “At Home

  1. There are no creatures you cannot love.
    A frog calling at God
    From the moon-filled ditch
    As you stand on the country road in the June night.
    The sound is enough to make the stars weep
    With happiness.
    In the morning the landscape green
    Is lifted off the ground by the scent of grass.
    The day is carried across its hours
    Without any effort by the shining insects
    That are living their secret lives.
    The space between the prairie horizons
    Makes us ache with its beauty.
    Cottonwood leaves click in an ancient tongue
    To the farthest cold dark in the universe.
    The cottonwood also talks to you
    Of breeze and speckled sunlight.
    You are at home in these
    great empty places
    along with red-wing blackbirds and sloughs.
    You are comfortable in this spot
    so full of grace and being
    that it sparkles like jewels
    spilled on water.
    ~Tom Hennen “A Country Overlooked”

    Emily, thank you for posting this poem. I love, love, love it! It takes me back to my childhood on the Kansas prairie!!

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  2. What an incredibly stunning description of the ‘unnoticed’ world that we do not always sense is there or take
    time to appreciate its existence — all part of our Creator-God’s Master Plan included in His gift to us — a small,
    veritably pulsating life with purpose. ‘A frog calling at God’ — just imagine.

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