Yesterday—the dog and I on the long
stretch between Winnemucca and Lovelock--
I fell asleep. Felt my head nod and bob…
Awake!-- a moment unaccounted for.
There was another moment—thought I left
the dog wandering in the sagebrush
wandering onto Interstate 80–
loved little dog dead in a second.
Made it to the place I call home,
forced myself to open the curtains,
“Didn’t die this time,” I reminded the dog.
Poured a glass of wine and said, “Cheers.”
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 .