High Joy

Pronghorns in a sea of grass in northeastern NM

I think these are females. Both sexes shed their horns. »Buy This Photo!«

The pronghorns are here because you’re not. We sat parked by the side of the road for for about ten minutes, watching. Not another car came by. That’s the way it is in northeast New Mexico. Being close to wild animals like this is such a privilege. It’s more than the beasts, though. I told my wife, “The air, the sunlight, the animals, everything—I just don’t want to leave!” And hoo boy, was it quiet…

I could sit around and worry about tomorrow, like that would fix a thing, imagining all the ugly stuff that may or may not happen growing older in a broken world that doesn’t seem to give a damn. I often have, of course. But sitting there beside the road, staring into the eyes of that wild energy in this time and space, the lie of separation dies. We used to live back East, where all the rest I needed lay right by my fingertips. Now here we are, where no one will take care of me, and everything but God is far away.

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John Hamilton Farr lives in Taos, New Mexico, U.S.A. As New York Times best-selling author James C. Moore tells it in a review of John’s first book, Buffalo Lights is the work of a man attuned to the world who sees it differently than you and I and writes about it with a language and a vision of life that is impossible to ignore.” John is the author of BUFFALO LIGHTS, TAOS SOUL, ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE, and THE HELEN CHRONICLES. He has been publishing online since 1996 (Zoo Zone, Farr Site, MacFaust, GRACK!, FarrFeed) and blogs regularly here at JHFARR.COM. His latest projects are both named GODDAMN BUFFALO: purchase NFTs at OpenSea and read new writing at Substack! See also → John’s Twitter profile, Amazon Author Page, video channel at YouTube, and website photos at SmugMug. To email John, please see CONTACT INFO on About page.  

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