Mercury Poetry: Between Portales and Clovis

November 01, 2014

Voices, Art / Culture, Poetry

On the road from Portales to Clovis
sand mixes with cloud,
the air thick with grainy patches where dust
joins with air in a raucous dance
ignoring the people below
ignoring the animals in their burrows
ignoring the cows eating, heads down, haunches up,
not a care in the world.

It’s not beautiful.

The sky is milky, a bleeding together of dust and cloud,
a thick mustard yellow soup
no green to be seen, just browns, yellows,
a few bare trees on dusty earth,
land stretching as far as the eye can see
pockmarked by yellowish-greenish-brownish shrub.

It’s not beautiful,
But it’s intriguing nonetheless.  


(Photo by timlewisnm / CC)

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Jennifer Sawayda

Jennifer Sawayda works as a technical writer but loves exploring the creative aspects of poetry and short nonfiction. She has lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico since she was 13 and has since fallen in love with her adopted state. A graduate of the University of New Mexico, Jennifer continues to work for the college as a staff writer in the Anderson School of Management.

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