“Alone. Not Lonely”

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Jordan
Through Harold’s Lens:

Big & Barren
Flat
360
Scattered rocks
Skimpy shrubs.

Black snaking ribbon
Long
Narrow
Shimmered.

Blind curve

Brakes jammed
Squealed
Smoked
Burned
Skid sideways.

Shoulder
Crashed against door
Head
Crashed against dash.

Huddled masses

Hundreds
Weaving across black ribbon
Long line
Stretching wide.

Unique goat bells
Signaled stud males
Signaled ewes in heat.

Roaming groups
Long hair
Waiting
Shearing for wool.

On the tail
Nomad
Dusty
Shuffling slowly
Barren desert.

Tattered sweater & wool
Loose cotton & head wrap.

She was ten
Small
One stick in hand
Herding
Hundreds of friends.

She was not alone.