By Reece Rogers

We were a family of dirt,
Loving all our dirt-poor ancestors,
Grandparents’ feet caked with Oklahoma mud,
Vanishing clouds of red dust,
Aunt’s toe dipped in the Florida silt,
Exposing her Sunflower State tattoo,
Dad’s rural high school football team,
Practicing in their grass-stained jerseys,
Mom’s campfire burned as we laughed together,
Catching lightning bugs in Grandma’s canning jars.


Reece is an undergraduate English major at the University of Kansas. They are a finalist in the 2017 Snyder Book Collecting Contest. Reece's favorite environmental reporters include Josh Fox and Amy Goodman.