Somewhere there are dead cats with maggots,
whole cities rubbled, and unrepentant youths
gunning one other. Blood. Guts. Excrement.
Ahem! Assuming your attention,
I would like to mention March twenty-five,
the Anunciation, Good News to quite a few.
And, in case you missed it–
yes, I’m talking about your preoccupation
with death and damnation–
while you were looking for trouble
the James Webb telescope, more powerful
than the Hubble, launched into space
on December twenty-five.
And the scientists, our better angels
more often than not, imagined a voyage
back to the birth of the universe.
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 .