2011 Pearls

2011 proved to be a very dry year in Texas, so dry that it nearly rivaled the drought of record that occurred in the 1950’s. Most of these pearls here reflect these terrible conditions and the fires that came with it.

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Blackened poles that used
to be trees line the highway.
Bastrop, hear me weep.

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September 2011
This morning a surprise bouquet
Of color greeted me as
I was driving to town.

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Everything is brown.
Brown, brown, brown.
Not only has the sun
Stolen all our water,
But all the colors of life
As well.

My eye has grown tired of it all.

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Reading a ten year old journal
Brings back memories and raw emotions.
We will never forget.
(Sept. 11, 2011)

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Firefighters are heroes.
They race into danger
In selfless sacrifice
Knowing this may be
Their last day here,
But that does not deter them.
If anything, I think it
Gives them courage to do
What I could not.

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It is a rare time
When my daughter and I
Share a laugh.
I rejoice inside
And wait for the day
When we can be true friends.

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Finally the day arrives
When the wind switches around
And temperatures decrease.
But there is no dancing in the streets.
The streets are now
Being devoured by flames
Feasting on the dry tinder.

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In the blink of an eye
My daughter transforms
from newborn
to a teenager.

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August 2011
Still hot,
Still dusty,
Still dry.
Will it never end?

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Last night,
A surprise rainstorm
Cleared the dusty air.
This morning,
I awoke
To a world in peace.

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July 2011
Vertical bands of steel
Hang in the distance and
A whiff of fresh air
Puffs in my face.
The dry dusty world
Holds it’s breath,
Hoping for relief.

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As I write about His majesty,
I catch a glimpse of His eyes
As He peers at me over the rim
Of His wine filled cup.

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The sun is a thief:
Day after day
It steals our water.

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