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Mesquite Bend: Beltham


30 days poetry

 

To The City We Go

The first trip to the big city
is a rite of passage, even for the boys
who practice looking “cool”
as they hang out in the food court

between viewings at the movieplex,
with its IMAX screen and 3D images.
The girls map out the stores that fill
their dreams each night, their fingers
tingling with the thrill of touching

what they can otherwise only see in magazines.
Some come for the specialists who care
for the sick in a three-county-radius,
another rite of passage.

The two-hour drive across flat plains
dotted with mesquite trees and tumbleweeds,
fields of cotton and cattle grazing
on stubs is filled with music blaring

from radios tuned to Oldies stations,
country music, or football games
waving through the air.  Even tornadoes

know to flow in straight lines here,
running parallel to a universe
where tradition clings like the bugs
in the grills of every truck and car
whizzing down the highway.

Ramona Levacy
April 12, 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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