David Evans


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.