We in Oklahoma
may complain
about the weather—
wind, rain, drought, temperature—
and about the state legislature,
politicians, our representation in Congress—
well, anyway….
When the list gets long
and we sink into
demoralization,
and think
again
that we need to think
about moving somewhere,
anywhere…
but, realizing we really don’t want
to do that,
some Oklahoma button in our brains
goes off automatically
and we suddenly remember
the sky.
Oklahoma swoons over
the sky—
especially the morning
and evening
sky.

We all have seen the sky turn beautiful colors
in the morning and evening
in other places.
But Oklahoma’s sky is almost always
beautiful. And sometimes,
it is exquisite—
as the western sky was last night.

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Standing long,
watching the changes,
trying to take in the beauty
deeply
is a balm
for practically everything.
Doing so
instantly creates a shift
in perspective.
Indeed: Morning,
evening,
Oklahoma looks to the sky
above this rolling land
and remembers,
one more time,
one rather significant reason
we stay.