Laura D. Card

Laura D. Card, “Homesteading,” Religious Educator 1, no. 1 (2000): 105.

Laura D. Card was a doctoral student in the University Writing Program at the University of Utah when these poems were published.

I spring from our dugout door,

shovel blade raised,


to sever fangs from coils;


Two feet further

to snatch infant Lydia in

quaking aspen arms

from Payson dust,

then stagger

into our one chair.

Last night a mouse

ran cross my face,

then James’.

Not one week since

four-year-old Moroni

presented a tarantula

on a juniper branch.

James shook

green scorpions from his

boot this morning

before plowing,

not the first.

There was not such

in all green England

where we owned naught.

Here we own


and 160 acres.