I think of Harry, the loneliest person I know,
who spends solitary winter days in his single wide.
In summers he drives over the Sierras to sit in silence
for two weeks with a group of American Buddhists.
When I ask if he makes friends, stays in touch,
he looks at me and lectures about non-attachment,
says no, at least he doesn’t pretend to be connected.
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 .