A Weekend in Wyoming, and a Poem from a Friend

I jumped over the ranch-style fence to get closer to this barn. It was one of those perfect barns that needed to be looked at from every angle! From above, I would have liked to see my zig-zag pattern as I moved around to look at it from various vantage points… Surely some nearby vultures must have thought my erratic movements were signs of the last gasps of life.

Last time I posted a photo of a barn, my good friend, Dr. David Sands, was inspired to write me this poem below. He is both a microbiologist and a poet… who says you have to be one thing in life? Hehe… He’s a great guy, and the one responsible for making me read countless books on genetics… probably only so I can get quirky references to the Hox genes in his poems!


if you see what you see
and i too see
and we are but engines of innovation
then doubtful we will construct
the same landscapes
or the same mindscapes
for a barn to me is a static recycled tree
without photosynthesis
and a tree is the result of a packaged genome
and a camera is an eye without wiring
and the hox box came from efficiency
and genomes have lots of space to memorize
where occam’s razor trims the fat like frying bacon
so fried that even some of the meat is lost
and has to be reseeded by infusion
and this confusion at the edge of chaos
both fuels us and carries us
away from a darker bit of certainty

linear poem by Dave Sands
non linear barn by Trey Ratcliff

A Weekend in Wyoming

  • Absolutely love this picture, Trey! Perfect composition, perfect colors.

  • Great photo Trey!

  • That barn is so perfect. How do you know about all these places you photograph?

  • Mike

    Hi Trey,

    Beautiful photo, love the colours.

    All the best


  • Love this photo, Trey. I love looking at old barns and the remains of early ranches out here in the west!! And the Tetons? in the background are magnificent!! This picture was worth all your zigzagging to get just the right shot. Great job!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing the picture and poem with us ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Thanks!

    Trevor – I usually do a bit of research beforehand… OR, I go with someone that knows the local lay of the land!

    Gail – sure thing – you bet ๐Ÿ™‚

  • This is the first time I read a poem that contains the word “photosynthesis”; and I think every word works very good.
    As for the photo, Trey… you always make my eyes close and my mind fly away to the place you took the photo. Those colors are hypnotic.
    I touch the photo of the barn on my screen and the colors are transmitted by osmosis ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Soe

    Wonderful Capture !
    I love the contrast of the green in the foreground with the blue in the background.. Excellent composition.

  • Stephen Zacharias

    I’ll make it short and sweet. LOVE THIS!

  • Charles F

    a picture is worth a thousand words, i think if i were going to die that this would be what i wish to see, as my last breathe leaves me.

  • Thanks you all – I appreciate it ๐Ÿ™‚

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