Bighorn sheep ram

Why We Have Bighorns

By Rob Carney

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Old Roads, New Stories: A Literary Series

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Why We Have Bighorns

The mountains have questions
that the sky can’t answer,

and the valleys have rivers
but the green on their banks can’t answer,

and the trees hear
everything the wind says, the birds,

but can’t speak,
so the bighorns were born.

Just look at them. Solid.
From their heads—

a pair of question marks.
From the cliff-face walls

that watch their travels,
echoes bounce

then disappear.
They ask, “What are the humans doing

with their lives so short
yet full of destruction?

Why do they call their path progress
when the footing is so unsure?”



Rob CarneyRob Carney’s new book Facts and Figures is available from Hoot ‘n’ Waddle. Previous books include The Book of Sharks and 88 Maps. His first collection of creative nonfiction, Accidental Gardens, is forthcoming from Stormbird Press.
Read Rob Carney’s Letter to America in Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy, published by and Trinity University Press.
Read poetry by Rob Carney appearing in 6th Annual Contest Finalist, 4th Annual Contest Winner, and Issue 30. And listen to an interview on Montana Public Radio about The Book of Sharks.

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