The rat-a-tat yap has finally stopped.
What set off her terrier alarm?
A neighbor who would do me harm?
And when I head home late and get a flat
at dark on the country road, should a stranger stop,
would I take a ride to my abode? I never used to hesitate.
Fear is a sensible trait. Nothing is wrong
with caution. But age and the news confuse me
into thinking the enemy might be you.
Nancy Harris McLelland taught creative writing, composition, and literature for over twenty years and Conducted writing workshops for the Western Folklife Center, Great Basin College , and the Great Basin Writing Project . An Elko County native with a background in ranching. McLelland has presented her "Poems from Tuscarora" Both at daytime and evening events at the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko. Her essay, "Border Lands: Cowboy Poetry and the Literary Canon" is in the anthology Cowboy Poetry Matters .