Beautiful Bison

Huge hulk

two tons

wizened warrior

unphased ungulate

underneath

shag hair –

crusted brambles adorning

winter weather layers

atop.

Roaming sages

grazing greenery just so

for new life,

hollowing behemoth puddle prints –

concave craters

of pressed earth

that offer an

inadvertent

bird bath

for feathered friends

and a drinking hole for others.

Boulder-built

light-footed

blipping over

herculean heights

with ease,

outrunning

all adversaries

save one.

Bereft of allies with influence,

terrorized and

helpless

against

ignorance and arrogance

you were

expunged.

Yet,

an enduring notion of

silent grit

and

profound patience

is your gift

in return.

You are

all that

and more.

You

are

beautiful bison.

10 thoughts on “Beautiful Bison

  1. Your poem helps me think about the bison in a new way. Whereas I usually just think of it as a big, shaggy animal, you present it as an animal worthy of respect and admiration. I appreciate your perspective; it has shifted mine.

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    1. Thank you!
      Read Buffalo for the Broken Heart for more, if you’d like. Such a great – true life story. That book, and seeing them out west just captivated me, and they have been my favorite animal since. Thank you for letting me know 🙂

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    2. Thank you so much. It pains me to think of what we have historically done to bison who are living, feeling animals and such a huge, integral part of the plains ecosystem. If this helped to convey a need for respect on their behalf, then I am happy. Thank you for letting me know- I really appreciate it:)

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  2. I hadn’t considered the ecosystem of bison until I read this piece! And you said so much with so few words. Your word choice really kept the pace of the peace moving he was easy to read from stanza to stanza. I really enjoyed this.

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    1. Thank you so much! I was smitten for life when I saw them out west for the first time, and happened to pick up a copy of Buffalo for the Broken Heart by Dan O’Brien. It’s a true-life about a teacher turned rancher who converts his failing cattle ranch into a bison ranch (bison are the animals evolved to live in those western plains extremes, and sustain the habitat – not cattle!). Such an eye opening read. If you are even remotely interested, I highly recommend.
      Thank you so much for letting me know this resonated with you. I am grateful.

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