Antelope Valley Home

Washoe Valley
Slide Mountain as seen looking west from East Washoe Lake.

Antelope Valley Home


Our place on the land

becomes pattern of our lives

seasonal change

constant move from up to down

and up again like a piston.


Gather to rejoice

peaceful rejuvenation

begins with structure

untangled gnarled underbrush

creation of a path of plans.


A Sunday Tonka

to sing a drama filled song

is our breath worthy

of air filled with such beauty

close our eyes and fill our lungs.


Reflection of tide

our gravity effects us

holds down the heavy

allows the light to take flight

to soar above a still pond.


To gather at night

the two of us our new home

cold floors in morning

us wrapped in our sleeping bags

sharing a cup of coffee.



The art of one’s care

of excavation of land


to create family home

among sawdust and timber.


Plot of land a chance

to work hard to make amends

effort into good

turn the tides with our labor

create a place to call home.


How many new homes?

New friends to find a new school

family form land

a powerful sense of place

created on soil with our hands.


We can stop when tired

after we finish an acre

few more flattened feet

almost to a time of peace

lunch Ice Tea and Sandwiches.


Together season

the power of our coupling

to build from the dirt

the hope of a Spring Garden

an ability to take care.


Free of work I climb

air holds Chickadee voices

feeding on treetops

for our labor is at rest

ancient gravity finds ease.



To pour foundation

build upwards from room to room

add sturdy plumbing

daring days of drywall dust

rooms to hold morning daylight.


To change rotation

the Earth may rejuvenate

from a poisoned air

strangled water resources

against irresponsible.


Shelf of a dark soil

roofs will not hold it in place

this richness decays

these fallen foundlings unmade

the cost of life is a death.


This home will remain

built sturdy with our hands

faith surrounds us

protects what we create

hidden deep in pine forest.


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My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished seven collections of poetry and plans for more. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

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