We drive past
old poetry, crossroads
with well-worn treads, old
ruts cut across vast brushlands,
ranchlands with broken fences;
things I don’t begin
to understand; home
for creatures which I can
only vaguely name,
like some
large hawk now
perched upon tall electric
wire posts. Nor can I know
why fast growing
tepeguaje
is prone to shed
Its branches in windborn
storms.
We pass signs, the
discarded clothing, torn
shreds that blow as tattered flags
surrendered upon barbed wire
fencelines.
This land of sand, caliche
& scarce water,
where dark wing shadows
crisscross roadways,
seek morning feasts left
from last night’s
carnage. This
home of sharp thorns,
of ebanos & granjeno
where hidden dangers rattle
dry gourd warnings, where perils
abound in glancing edges,
abandoned on nocturnal crossings,
the faces we glimpse but do
not know nor claim.
Desierto routes
into the unknown places
remain for unnamed strangers,
who as lost farolitos wander
until all freedom
becomes but a mirage;
all hope, vanished
in a land of dry bones
scattered upon parched earth
as sun bleached mesquite beans
found hidden beneath some
shimmering August
afternoon.
Location: Hwy 281 Between Falfurrias & Rivera, Texas
Elizabeth Perdomo has lived and written in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas these past sixteen years, moving to this region from the Rio Grande Valley of northern New Mexico. Born in Kansas and raised both there and in Colorado, she has written poetry works since a young teen. Perdomo also lived in the Southeastern USA for many years, where she married and her 3 daughters were born. Perdomo has been an active member of the South Texas Border Chapter of Texas Master Naturalist since 2016. Her written pieces reflect her passion to learn about local places, culture and tradition, as well as gardening, ecology, nature and much more. Perdomo is the author of a book of poetry about the people and places in East Tennessee entitled, “One Turn of Seasons” and has had a number of poems published in periodicals, chap books and collections, including a recently published collection entitled, “Kansas Time + Places.”
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