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Mesquite Bend: The Wall


30 days poetry

This Small-Town Rebellion

Rumor has it the first slash
of black paint across the new brick
outside the Piggly Wiggly appeared
within a week of Charlie’s hiring
of that Curtis boy, the youngest

in a long line of cotton pickers,
the first Curtis to make it to tenth grade
and counting.  Since the word, America,
seemed impossible to scrub away
without offending at least somebody,
it stayed, a brazen reminder

that each generation seeks
its own two feet.  As the war
in Asia flashed across the television
screens each night, body bags
mixing with casserole dinners
until no one thought about the faces
beneath the thick, black plastic,

more words followed.  Clean words
like love, mercy and peace.  This town,
Mesquite Bend, embraced them,
especially when a brave soul dared
to scrawl the name of their first war hero
in bright red in the middle of the wall.

In the ’70s, the paper first made
the act of putting one’s name
on the fast-filling brick official,
capitalizing the Wall in black and white.

Today, each Senior takes a midnight
ride past the dark glass of the grocery store
and sprays a message for eternity,
the rite of passage a dedication
to a world where even a blink in the road
makes a mark on what is possible.

Ramona Levacy
April 8, 2015

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Author:

I am a 40-something Texan with a feisty cat and a supportive husband of 20 years. With a Master's degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing, I have taught creative writing at Texas Tech, won awards for my writing and been blessed to be mentored by Horn Professor and poet Dr. Walt McDonald. I earn a living by helping my husband's family run a health food store, but my avocation is writing. I hope you enjoy reading about some of my triumphs and tragedies as I continue to work on figuring out what life is all about and on growing my ability to share my writing. May your own journey be a blessed one.

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