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West Texas Winds

Read by Shawna Butler

There is no food in Marfa, Texas,

or so it seems,

you have to bring your own

so my aunt brought yerba mate

and we ran on caffeine energy

for most of the trip,

drinking our tea

around the crackling fire

until the steam of the tea

and the heat were swept up

with all our complications

by the chilling West Texas winds

and we listen to it.

That is how it is in Marfa, Texas,

distilled down to what is important,

half the town is art museums

and the other half is sculptures.

I don’t know if the wind is a friend

of Marfa, Texas or if it just refuses to leave

but it’s always there

blowing our hair into our eyes.

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