Post Rock

by Raymond S. Nelson


Post rock fences
With their barbed wire strands
Watch with steady purpose
Over treeless lands.

Limestone quarry -
Markings line each edge,
Hallmarks of the forceful
Feathers, drill and wedge.

Brown streaked sentries
Wearing ripe grain hue
Stand at rapt attention
As in full review

Soft when quarried,
Turning hard when dried,
The posts like soldiers
Stand in serried pride.

Old time settlers
Carved a life from stone,
Raised there crops and cattle -
Each man fenced his own.

Post rock fences
Stand erect today,
A hundred years of service
Just like yesterday

Source: Prairie Sketches
©1991   Raymond S. Nelson

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