Tramp art . . .

 Haigaonline, vol. 12, no. 2, December 2011

Sometimes life throws you a curve ball, as it did one warm spring day when–top down–I screeched my rented convertible to a halt on the way from Wichita to Dodge City.  Ahead of me was the strangest field of dreams I’d ever seen: giant whirligigs blowing in the wind above the Kansas prairie.  I had to stop.  I had to investigate.  And when I did I came face to face with not only the distorted renderings of frogs and pigs but the visionary folk artist who created the weird roadside menagerie.  Dressed in paint-spattered overalls, he too was suspended momentarily in the Kansas sky as he sat on a large tractor, mowing the back of a field occupied by his scrap metal sculptures.  At first, he didn’t move; then, warily, he turned off his mower and dismounted.  The next thing I knew he was giving me a cook’s tour of his rogues gallery, occupied by warped kinesthetic versions of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Elvis, Marilyn, and Hitler to name a few. 

After that, the ghosts that occupy Dodge City–Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Bat Masterson–were pretty much a letdown . . . .   



About Margaret Dornaus

I’m a writer and a teacher, as well as a haiku-doodler. I live in a beautiful woodland setting, surrounded by native oak forests, that inspires me to record haiku snapshots of luna moths and our resident roadrunner, and even an occasional black bear as it hightails it across the top of my road, my mongrel dog barking at its heels as I watch with wonder. My work as a travel writer has appeared in publications from The Dallas Morning News to the Robb Report. You can find examples of my travel writing–as well as excerpts from a travel memoir I’m working on–at my other WordPress site, Travelin’ On. What more than that do you need to know? Only that I started this blog with an eye toward collaboration. Got a haiku? Send it my way. . . . I’m all about new visions & voices. Best, Margaret
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2 Responses to Tramp art . . .

  1. Jim Sullivan says:

    Nice writing, Margaret, I liked it a lot. I felt more at home with this story than the quirky cowboy with red boots. Maybe that’s me. Happy new year.


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