NORTH DAKOTA SENIOR POET LAUREATE
Theodore Skaggs

MAN ITíS COLD UP HERE

The wind it blows
The cold is cold
The wild prairie rose is froze

Up in the north
Against 49
Escaping ainít a choice

Indians had it
Whites took it
They donít neither know what to do

Too cold part time
Too hot part time
Ainít no time just right

But danged if it donít
Danged if it do
Give a sense of wherenít you are

North of South
South of the North
Dakota, North Dakota. Itís you.

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Theodore Skaggs, who also calls himself Chance T.B. from Fargo, is between 70 and 80 years of age, depending on which persona the creative mind-traveling writer/engineer portrays. When he is not writing poetry or screenplays, he is professionally known as Harold E. Grice, immediate past president of the Central Coast Writers branch of California Writers Club. His birth sign is reputed to be Virgo.

Photo by Joyce Krieg