Independence Valley

Watch the restless swallows come and go

on the power line to Tuscarora.

Some avian law explains the way

they leave precise space between each other.

Instinct decrees the distance between hawks

hunkered on poles beside the Midas Road.

Nature tells peregrine falcons not to nest

less than two miles from other raptors.

What of the ranchers who inhabit

the valley below?  From an eagle’s view

soaring above the plain, distance makes sense.

That’s all the high desert land can sustain.

Still, a question remains.  Does remoteness

breed a species disinclined to be near its kind?

The dust plume of a truck on a  country road

shows the miles folks go to help each other.

Yet, not everyone is meant for this place.

Those who survive, stay sober, stay sane,

have willed their peace

with silence and with space.

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