Category Archives: American History

Once Upon A Time In The West

When that wind roars out of the South, the one called the “Zephyr”, it tears right through El Paso with raw heat and anger; Blasting like buckshot in saloon bar brawls, it stampedes droves of tumbleweed herding it like cattle; … Continue reading

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Lamentations

Lemonade on the verandah after supper, discussing Rousseau and Voltaire before retiring to the soft embrace of an easy langour; Expecting tomorrow and its harvest of promise,the lush savannah the tall sheaves and sturdy horses, and yet that tomorrow never … Continue reading

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Badlands Breeze

Badlands breeze blows hard, blows mean spitting time back in our faces burying our dreams all over again beneath oceans of dirt; We waited for better days that came and went while we were barely awake, ghosts of a hundred … Continue reading

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1980’s Bruce Springsteen Song

HOMETOWN WARS We fought all our battles so long ago out on the fields of play , one more home run to win one more heroic hit and a garlanded presentation to come , But that was all before My … Continue reading

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The Law of Gravity

They parachuted without parachutes, went hang-gliding without frames; they knew that they that they could not could not refute Newton’s theorems on the effects of gravity on a body descending; sky-diving with too little altitude toward an inattentive crowd, busy … Continue reading

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Revolution as Installation Art

replete with camouflage fatigues, bandana and stylishly angled beret, his smile clenching a half-smoked cigarillo, cradling the Kalashnikov AK-47 and gazing toward some indeterminate future with a much rehearsed irrepressible optimism; Outside of this photograph’s repetitive parameters, the true Chimera, … Continue reading

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Sentence

Outside, a long grey morning lingers, its slow light trickling into the cell; yawning awake and staring back from an indifferent mirror, a face dragged from penultimate sleep,to shave and breakfast then read a paper whose pictures and words soon … Continue reading

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