Laughing Lakota girls and boys
splash in the cool waters,
scream with delight.
A nearly naked man holds
a white horse by a loose cord,
fixes his gaze on the procession
of canvas-covered wagons,
slow and heavy
crossing the shallow creek.
The wheels cut into dry prairie
grass, severing the roots. As far
as the horizon, he sees the wound
harden into a wide brown trail.