Steady song 
of unassuming wind 
blows soft across calm 
Laguna Madre saline waters, 
lap low lullaby rhythms
against slow-grown barnacles
well attached to salt crusted poles,
weathered wood secured deep
within the bay’s tidal flow.
Here, ghost crabs skittle
& hermits crawl beneath
their borrowed shells,
sketching out soft
lines on mud silted floors.
Silver fish splash in rings,
circles which ever widen while
a lone ibis slowly stalks
near a stealthy great blue heron.
Distant threads of conjunto tunes
drift in waves, refrains waft
from a far-off worker’s used pickup,
open-door truck music spun out
as cotton cloud swirls. Choral strands
mingle among tall cattail stands
which sing sweet notes within
a mangrove marshland, set
in some melodic southern
Location: South Padre Island Convention Center, South Padre Island, 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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