Category Archives: Poems

Tejascovido => Langdon Review of Arts in Texas

Langdon Review Weekend is an annual literary and arts festival that takes place the first Wednesday thru Saturday after Labor Day. This year, the festival was canceled due the COVID-19 shutdown in Texas. They approached Laurence Musgrove and offered to … Continue reading

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Failed Haiku: ‘Morning after the election’ and ‘The pursuit’

Two of my haikus were published in the May issue of Failed Haiku on page 35.

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“Coyote 6” and “Coyote Vanishing” on Back Patio Press

Back Patio Press published “Coyote 6” and “Coyote Vanishing” today (May 5). Both are about the mythic Coyote, Trickster figure of the Southwest. Coyote is also slang for people who guide refugees across the border. “Coyote 6” is also about … Continue reading

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Austin, Ides of March, 2020

Laurence Musgrove, an English professor at Angelo State University and the author of The Bluebonnet Sutras, has started Tejascovido, a Web journal for Texans writing about the COVID-19 crisis. He is publishing several pieces a day, both poetry and prose. I’m reading … Continue reading

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Hey Squirrel

Hey, squirrel You’re putting on weight Winter’s coming. First published at Once Upon a Crocodile. This is my first published haiku. I love the illustration they chose, an unexpected pleasure.

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Poem in Two Voices

We have built a bridge dear. (You are in my heart.) We dance in a circle, (round our secret that knows). No one sees the shared center we turn about. (We see what is not visible to others.) We saw … Continue reading

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Desperately Made Boats

“How could they go to sea in such flimsy craft?” Ruptured pontoon replaced by one of reeds. Motor with enough gas to carry them beyond small arms fire, trailing the smell of war. Joseph fleeing in the night with wife … Continue reading

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The Water Connects

Metal bowl connects by flowing water to its support of rocks, a fountain of metal and stone. Pump drives the connection, connects to the power grid, connects to wind generators out west, driven by air river off the Pacific Ocean. … Continue reading

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Settlers

The red oaks are still robed in their green and red glory as we approach Christmas. The hackberry stands quiet in its winter bareness. I do not know the tree with tiny leaves that remain green all winter. Here on … Continue reading

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Immigrants

The fish and chips on the table are an idea imported from England. The English had to wait for potatoes to emigrate from Peru, put down roots, acclimatize, settle in, assimilate. Tikka masala arrived later, a bank shot emigré from … Continue reading

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