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My Texas Nights



And to my friends who still live in Texas. Don’t give it up. Never go away. You have no idea what you have. And if you absolutely must go, never let it go.



Sounds of cicadas buzz around me
The smell of fresh-cut hay does surround me
Home of a sizzling daytime sun and sticky, starry nights
Prairies glowing bright even in the dark of night

Night roses blooming
Horses grooming
Under the cloak of night
Illuminated by a silvery moon delight

Dewberries glistening
Pecan trees swaying
Growing all right
During the dead of night

Field mice wrestling
Salamanders listening
Waiting for the break of dawn
To run and burrow deep under the lawn

Gentleness against my skin
Draping herself around my shins
She touches my arm
Breezing by my cheek without alarm

She whispers in my ear
And, oh, how it tickles dear
A sweet breath of air
I never had need to despair

Rustling leaves sing as they shuffle
Promising my life will be free of bustle
Grazing under a moonlit front
Cattle low and grunt

Spider spinning her web
Pinning bugs dead
Night birds crooning tranquil tunes
Under the Texas moon

Inching worms and slithering snakes
All the hungry bunnies shake
Nibbling on tomatoes, eating lush
Let’s all hide with our bounty under prickly brush

Croaking frog
And barking dog
Tomcat mewing on nigh
Oh how we all love the sugary-smelling night

Staring up at the Milky Way
With my child eyes, I pray
Please, God, I never want it to go away
I want life to always be this way

Go away it never did as I prayed
It was me who didn’t stay
Restless youth bid go
God, if I had only known

Now-a-days, I recall it, dreaming
Summoning a child’s moon, beaming
On the fields of my youth
That are now all gone…Poof!

In my memory lives on
My Texas nights

Copyright 2014 Wanda S. Paryla

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