COLORADO SENIOR POET LAUREATE
Thomas J. Glasco

MOOSE AND THE MAN

Evening touches water.
Gentle hand dims light upon the land.
Yellowstone Lake shimmers,
A study in serenity.
Stars position for perfect view.
A moose and man commune.
Man perceives the moose
As a gift of the Almighty.
Calmness is contagious.
A fraternal feeling radiates,
Narrows channel
Between human and beast.
Moose accepts affirmation,
Raises his towering head.
As water drips,
Their eyes meet.
The beast in the man
Meets man in moose.
Respect lifts flag of freedom.
Their worlds are connected.
Sacred tree is alive,
The circle is unbroken.


Thomas J. Glasco, 64, Fort Morgan, retired English teacher/clinical therapist, won The American Patriotism Award for prevention of suicide and injury, 1975; Wyoming H.O.P.E. courage award for work with the severely mentally ill, 1992; Milestone Award, Wyoming Writer’s Convention, 1999. Lights of Tom and Priscilla Glasco’s life are grandsons, Danny, 6, and newborn Fintan Glasco. Tom has published five books of poetry. His sign is Taurus.