Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Georgic

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Georgic

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for Bryan Stotts, District Ranger

This is the shoreline of a glacial lakebed.

Some of its flora, fauna are endangered.

Not so the leafy spurge, vile interloper,

the milkweed puffing cotton to the breezes.

Not so the cottonwoods or dwarfish scrub oaks,

the white-tail deer diat multiply like chipmunks.

Here autumn daubs its trees above the stockponds

by fours or fives. We have no soaring forests,

just refuge for the wild, pinnated chickens

on a last vestige of the tall grass prairie,

a gift the cattle graze and take as granted.

Feeney just flushed a frantic, dustpan dancer

from silverberry bushes in these sandhills,

the blown dunes of the Sheyenne National Grassland

where so much rain has fallen this October,

diat tall grasses binding erosive hillsides

are succulent and seeding out of season. …

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