moving along uphill and downhill
with uphill and downhill thoughts
swinging wildly from branch to branch
in my head, suddenly I was smiling and
waving at a man in a white pickup
smiling and waving at me, for which
I was grateful, having greeted—
unthinkingly at that!—my next-door
neighbor on his way to work.
David Allan Evans, an English professor for many years at South Dakota State University, is the author of nine collections of poems. He has been South Dakota's poet laureate since 2002.