state natural area poems #44: kessler railroad prairie

a.

down the power-line corridor

blue-stem, sleeping blazing-star—

jumping mouse gotta jump

b.

along the creek, old friends:

warm metamorphic stone

below box-elder canopy

c.

sun-shower on bass creek

peninsula, sand and loam

the stream’s great gift

kessler railroad prairie is just what it sounds like. an old rail line was ripped up and prairie restored out between hanover and afton in rock county. it’s a fun 13-acre strip of land along massive power lines, and how great that the corridor was made back into a place that could shelter so many species of native plants, rodents, and voles. bass creek runs thru. a welcome, windy visit to the grasslands this afternoon.

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