Behind Blacktail Butte, Wyoming

Bison: dozens.
Rumbling moans.
They graze on brown
grasses and snort and low
as travelers in cars point, openmouthed,
frozen on the road—
as if dropped into a painting
from two hundred years ago.
Muffled thumps.
Brown dust kicked up
by a rolling bull and calf
soften the distance,
halo the parked truck’s
fog lamps, as insect
clicks drift across the meadow
in the haze of dusk.
Soon, a glimpse of the Teewinot
Teton tops as they catch the last
hint of day will humble all beasts
who remain, fleeced or not.

Grant Hier is professor of English and chair of liberal arts at Laguna College of Art and Design.
*Photo courtesy of Paul.
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