The Nature Writers of Texas

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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Late Summer Texas Field
David Taylor

The power lines are taut

and hum

through the afternoon heat.

They crackle

above me and drone

in the wind

as I rest in the prairie below them,

lie next to the

late summer, fall flowers,

bunches of bitterweed by my left hand.

The scissortails tread wind

hunting grasshoppers,

and above Clear Creek

five buzzards circle over their rookery.

There’s not much water;

the carp moved downriver days ago.

It’s what

this place can offer;

sparse, I guess, for some.

Less than what we call wilderness,

more than

these words

can describe.

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