Last Year’s Texas

(c) All rights reserved        by miss_betty2012

(c) All rights reserved by miss_betty2012

Wide Open
Where you wanna go?
wanna be?

Alone in the vast
West Texas
Bad as Outlaws

Piney Woods
East Texas

South Texas
both —-

slow watery weary
Older than the state
Older than the big tree
Banged by wind, water, and prejudice
Laced by interstate’s
twining traffic to
Corpus or Houston

Part of the state
Part of the WEST
Partly somewhere and mostly nowhere
Ranchers Farmers always waiting

Hill Country
some would say
the only Texas
where lives fell
Remember (the)


some April you might slide out of La Grange
head down to Schulenberg
turn – look right
as the Hill Country shimmers blue-green

and a panoramic breadth
of Bluebonnet beauty
waltzes your heart away

(c) Gay Reiser Cannon – 9.8.13
All Rights Reserved

38 thoughts on “Last Year’s Texas

  1. and a panoramic breadth
    of Bluebonnet beauty
    waltzes your heart away….oh heck….that looks breathtakingly beautiful…it sure would waltz my heart away as well… for the first time i think texas sounds like a place i would like to visit some day..

  2. Texas had been going through a statewide drought until last year when the conditions in most of the state were “perfect” for wild flowers. They were abundant in pastures and fields and next to highways. The farmers planted them and they spread. The entire southern, eastern, and central part of the state was covered as far as the eye could see!

    • You know you're always welcome here Tony! Mi casa es su casa as they say. I have been to Scotland and all of the UK. Everywhere I went there, the people said next to us, of course, the Scots are best. When I was in Edinburgh and Inverness I told them what they'd said, and they said We are the Best (PERIOD) - we be second best to none! Ha!! Texas is a friendly place, huge and different from one part to another!

  3. smiles…i need to get back to texas…back when i worked in the corporate world i was there about once a month…some beautiful places there….i like el paso actually…though it is very dirty….los colinas….san antonio…then south, been there a few times….my wife wants to move there one day….

  4. Well I have never been there but you described the city beautifully Gay ! I specially like the ending: a panoramic breadth
    of Bluebonnet beauty
    waltzes your heart away

    • Texas became a U.S. state in 1845 after winning its independence from Mexico. The Lone Star Flag which had been its flag as an independent country became the state flag. Entering the U.S. as the largest state, it retained that title until 1960 when Alaska joined the Union. It is now the second largest state in land mass, and the second also in population. Houston, the state’s largest city is also the fourth largest city in the nation. (I think it wins with traffic jams, just my own personal opinion). Dallas-Ft.Worth is the second largest, followed by San Antonio. The capital is Austin which is north of S.A. about 60 miles on I.S.35. Y’all are welcome to come down anytime. We have just about everything – city life, country life, loads of lakes, the Gulf Coast, mountains in the West, and high plains in the Panhandle. It’s a bit bigger than France, so you won’t be surprised that it’s just about the same distance from Amarillo to Chicago as it is from Amarillo to Corpus Christi, and I’m not sure how many days it takes to drive from El Paso to Texarkana. It’s just crazy big.

  5. I’ve been to Houston and, mostly, Corpus, but that was a long time ago. I remember Corpus. Thanks for the poetic tour through parts of that huge state I may never get to see..

  6. The last stanza is exquisite,while the tone of the whole exposes delight. I have enjoyed Austin and San Antonio, Big Bend and the west Texas observatory (forgot its name). For the rest, this poem will do just fine.

  7. Lived 3 fantastic years in San Antonio – heart of the hill country, if I may say so. A great way to start our marriage and we hope to go back for an anniversary someday – hold hands on the river walk, have a fine dinner (couldn’t afford them when we were first married) and let the generous spirit that is Texas welcome us “home”.

  8. You certainly bring life and color to the Lone Star State…I only passed through years ago, but you’re write is whetting my appetite. I find the Piney Woods…Arcadian stanza particularly appealing 🙂 xo

  9. I do love Texas. it makes this prairie and hill hearted country gal feel right at home. Been a while but maybe we’ll do a poets tour and visit one another sometime!

  10. Beautiful bluebonnets! And love your scenic panorama – my brother lives in Texas and I always have a soft spot for it when I visit as people are quite nice. At a distance (I am a New Yorker), I get quite angry with Texas! But I try to keep that cafeteria in mind – Luby?s I probably don’t have it right–everyone was always very kind to us and there are these lovely corners you bring up and some with a very strong place in the country’s tradition. Thanks. k.

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