Curtis Dunlap, US and Richard Straw, US






Sundown Lights


intermittent shade
in the windmill blades
desert sun

faded billboard cowboy
a hitchhiker's new friend

wind-blown sombrero—
the drifter pockets
his tattered beret

waving toward a bus
la madre y el bebé
and honey mesquite*

squeaking wheels silenced
by an air brake hush

lush saguaro
and a nectar-feeding bat
taillights disappear

Composed September 2007


*The Spanish phrase means "the mother and the baby."









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