At the Farm

1. 6:15 a.m.

just before
prairie dawn
farm dog barking
the cool air
waiting for the sun

2. Summer Storm

We went for a
in the country,
one summer evening.

We were searching
for a lightning bolt
to put in our pockets.

3. Clean Sheets

His tired body
walked through
the doorway
A hard day’s work
behind him

After silently eating
dinner and staring
at the TV
he almost crawls
to bed

But with a smile
and a sigh
he whispers,
“Ooh, clean sheets!”

~ Laura Dennis

I have lived in Alberta all my life. I’ve been married for 18 years and have written poetry for almost 30 years. I have only begun to explore publication and so far have only been published at blue skies poetry.

I feel my poems are small moments in time. I am always inspired by mornings, thunderstorms and my husband. My writing is very much like journal writing. I write in short spurts on things that intrigue or inspire me. I want to remember that moment.

Read more of Laura Dennis’s poetry:
The Bus Stop
Pink Coat

Editor’s note: This poem is from Home and Away – a sequel to the bestselling Writing the Land (2007). Look for one poet to be featured each day as Alberta poets ponder the question “what is home?” and explore our complex relationship with working on, living with, exploiting and protecting our land and our home. For more information about the project, click here.

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