Autumn in Texas

A rustic dilettante, all ready to flirt
In his old khakis and a chambray shirt
Old boots, old gloves, a mattock or rake to wield
A boulevardier of row crops in the field

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Star of the Sea

Oh star of the sea /
Oh glorious, guiding light /
Guide us to Heaven’s harbor /
Safely through the night

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A Bouncing Baby Hyphen

Tiffany-Cherise Snark-Ponsonby (Tiffy)

And Terence-Rock Smith-Hoogerwerf (Rocky)
Married and hyphenated their hyphens

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Felicity’s Night

Her appetite replaced by butterflies in her stomach
She eats a small salad with soup and crackers
Then she applies her cosmetics.
The phone rings.

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Order Of Knights. Resigned.

A man draped in iron-bound ringlets. / His forearm is clenched, bearing his few pounds of metal, beaten and refined into a blade. He calls it beautiful, his friend, his right hand. /
Booted in stout cobbled leather, his feet remain settled in the grains of sand, waiting for the hourglass of happenings to converge on him.

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A Poetry Brawl at the Long Branch Saloon

Much of being is chaos; we try to shape it
Into meaning, not artificial constructs
But the meaning that is, already is
But tumbled through the weeds and brokenness

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The Children’s Back Yard Museum of Art

Children are the truest arbiters of art.
Finding beauty in the unlikeliest things:
A bottle cap, a rusted auto part.
Metal washers, broken glass, cigar rings

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Our National Church

And then, we watch our evening shows
Where bullets fly, and people don’t die,
But miraculously rise again
To record the next
Most-watched season!

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I Don’t Miss Working on the Farm

The hay balers are out early in the fields
Headlights outshining late September stars
The din of diesel engines shaking the world
I don’t miss working on the farm at all

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Reapers

Reap to the edge,
Destroy the fence-row.
Make more crops
From which money grows.

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In Praise of a Candle

A votive candle is good, and prayers are good
And those for whom the candle is lit are good
Especially when they feel they are not good
Because they are His gifts, and they are good

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Polarity

You spoke of oranges and pomegranates, and moonlight on the Sea of Galilee…

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Window Shopping

She set out to Assume Nothing.
Adil would be waiting for her.
Grey gloves in hand.
She could feel a blush rising to her cheeks.

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News & Current Nonsense

You are a valued customer
No public restrooms
We don’t carry parts for that
Restrooms out of order

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Eternal Cycles

I am becoming a blade of grass,
That grows and withers, yes.
But also, as it does so,
Develops some perfect Kelly green stalk…

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No Straight Lines In Nature

That commonplace of art instruction is true:
From the rainbow to the tomato worm
And in the rhythms of our chambered hearts
Creation curves itself around our lives

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Time Ticks, Mr. Danan

Time ticks.
Alarmed, he looks at the door.
No knock, no bell, no call.
She is late.
She is never late.

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Assume Nothing

A humble door lies to the observer about what lies beyond.
Azure blue paint faded and peeling reveals aged wood.
Above the door a faded sign.
“Assume Nothing”
Ornate calligraphy painted gold, red, cream.
The intrepid onlooker sees an opportunity to explore.

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A Man of Bethsaida

I am a man of my people,
and I am loyal to my community.
My city stands steadfast and proud,
and my fellow men and women, friends, are strong.
Yet, something inside me has always nagged me,
and try as I may, this feeling continually intensifies:

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