Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Poem - "Psalm of Home Redux" by David Lee

Psalm of Home Redux
by David Lee

after rereading Cormac McCarthy and taking
a 5 mile run through the River Ranch

Laughter is also a form of prayer

Okay then, right here,
Lord, in Bandera,
tether me to my shadow
like a fat spavined mule
stuck sideways in Texas tank mud
bawling for eternity

At midnight's closing whine
of the 11th Street Bar's steel guitar,
when the stars slip their traces
and race the moon like wild horses
to their death in the darkness,
let my hoarse song twine with the night wind

May the bray of today's good laughter
fall like a brittle top branch
wind nudged from a sprawling live oak
straight down like early spring sleet
to the hill country's bent
and trembling bluebonnet covered knees
~ from The Porcine Canticles

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