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NATIVE BORN, by            
First Line: The deep-scarred prairie soil
Last Line: Of the prairie-born.
Subject(s): Prairies; Plains

The deep-scarred prairie soil
Gave birth to you.
You were nurtured under a copper sky
In the blazing sun.
From a lift of ground you saw no trees but scrubby cedar
Hugging the mile-wide drift of sand
You called a river.
You watched the inexorable sun
Create and kill in unprotected spaces.
You grew in the great breadth
Between the stars and the flat red land.

In a less-harsh country,
Hills bounded the horizon.
Black dirt, growing oak and elm,
Divided by clean creeks,
Can never rid you of the broad, scarred mind
Of the prairie-born.

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