Get to the corner. Take a right. Speed up a bit. Notice the sky turning pink. Turn up that song.
Turn left at the white fence. Follow the pavement
Slow down a bit. Check on that tree. Smile. Still looks mysterious and beautiful tonight.
Careful on the curve. Watch for ice. Hum along now. It’s not dark yet.
Turn left on the pink road, notice it’s plowed.
Bills and catalogs and no real letters.
There’s never real letters.
Glance in the rearview. Almost home. One more cattle guard, one more hill, one more turn. Open the door.
Kick off town boots. Strip off work pants. Toss earrings in the drawer. Find wool cap and camera.
Where are the damn dogs?
It’s getting dark. Chase it down.
It’s getting dark. Watch it coming. Watch it turn from white to blue.
It’s getting dark. Climb. Climb. Climb.
Crunch. Crunch. Click.
Crunch. Crunch. Breathe.
Dogs pace. 100 steps to my one.
Wish I had fur today.
Wish I had four legs. Wish I could roll in the snow like that.
Wish my ears flopped.
Crunch. Crunch. Whew.
Make it to the top. Breathe. Notice the hay.
Follow the fence line. Time to cross. Don’t rip your pants girl. Easy now.
It’s so quiet.
Crunch. Crunch. Except for that wind.
Pull up scarf.
Pull down wool cap.
Lean into the weather. Walk on now. Keep walking. Hit the prairie trail. Follow it through the fence. Stop.
Hands on hips.
Look to the north.
Look at those buttes. Love them in white.
Love them against that pink sky.
Love this place.
Love this wind.
Love this damn cold and these damn dogs.
Love this snow.
Wish I had four legs. Wish I had paws.
Wish I had fur.
Wish I could stay out here all night.