NEBRASKA SENIOR POET LAUREATE
Bob Ericson

STANDING ON THE BUNK HOUSE PORCH
AT TWO BARS 7 RANCH IN TIE SIDING, WYOMING

In the distance I saw two horizontal clouds
brand the bawling sky
like it was a new born calf.
Beyond the gates at the far end of the pasture
dew drops and horses munched breakfast together
beside the mirrored pond.
To my right
a mountain of pink rocks
in all shapes and sizes
bloomed with the sun’s early morning rays.
I shifted from boot to boot; the new day doodle-doed.
Hoof prints in the dirt galloped by looking for answers—
it’s been a long time.


Bob Ericson, 69, of Omaha is a retired illustrator/designer. He earned a B.A. in Applied Art from Penn State University in 1963. He is a competitive badminton player, board member of the Nebraska Sports Council, and badminton sport director in Cornhusker State Games. He has two pieces in the Air Force Art Collection. He has one child and one grandchild. His sign of the zodiac is Capricorn.