Inavale, Nebraska, Is Home to Two True Friends

By Dustin T. Witte

On a blustery February morning; the dagger wind

blowing down the desolate highway,

a man, old and alone, meets his best friend in the

usual spot.  His friend, the only constant in his life;

the only unchanging feature in his perpetually

shaken Etch-a-Sketch of existence, is a metal pole,

50 feet tall.

He wraps his withered, ungloved hand around it.

Holding steadfastly, striving aggressively to maintain

his position against the wind.

His position against the world.

This man, in a tattered coat and stained overalls,

speaks to the pole, gesturing feebly with his free

hand.  He speaks of times long past and forgotten

by everyone except him,

and the pole.

He sees the village for what it is—a fading apparition—

and for what it was, only when connected to the

center point of his recollection.  The pole stands

as a conduit transmitting memory for the worn

and world-beaten.

A modern metallic messiah.

The man, reluctant to release his grip on his

only friend, speaks a few somber words and leaves

the pole, as the swollen, wet snow begins to

fall from the cold, gray sky.

 

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Dustin T. Witte was born in 1983 inKearney,Nebraska.  After graduating fromKearney Catholic High School in 2001, he attended Doane College in Crete, NE, where he studied English and theatre.  While in college, Dustin became very interested in the writing and analysis of poetry, and was published numerous times in the school’s literary publication.  He also became a company member at the Theatre of the American West inRepublican City,Nebraska, where he moved upon graduating from Doane in 2005.

While at the theatre, Dustin performed in over 100 productions, as well as building and painting scenery, creating props, writing scenes, and making ice cream. 

He left the theatre in 2008 and moved to Lincoln, where he currently resides.  Dustin now works as a scene designer and painter, craftsperson, performer and teacher.  He has recently formed his own production company with husband, Daniel Kubert, called OmniArts nebraska.  This company seeks to create original, interdisciplinary performance pieces.  Through the use of many artistic disciplines, working toward a unified purpose or theme, a greater effect can be achieved.


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