Where Native Grass Grows Loud if We Listen, and: That Silence When a Mountain Lion Attacks, and: Cataracts, and: Twins and Oral History, and: Fishing with Uncle Walter in World War Two, and: With Horsehairs Dipped in Oils, and: After the Fires We Once Called Vietnam

Where Native Grass Grows Loud if We Listen, and: That Silence When a Mountain Lion Attacks, and:... WHERE NATIVE GRASS GROWS LOUD IF WE LISTEN/ Walt McDonald Out here, cactus is the skyline, a hundred miles of flat. Turn in a circle and never know you're back, except for the neighbor's ranch, barns like specks of mica in the dust, his windmill a semaphore of warning, Go away. East Texas is a myth, black loam and heritage and trees. The one road into town has highway signs boys use as targets. The asphalt's cracked, dandelions thriving as if crews planted them. Rattlesnakes nap on the shoulders, no trucks along for months. Jackrabbits limp along like dogs, nibbling grass and careless weeds, no need to hurry from nothing that can hide. Slumped on an aging appaloosa, I roll a smoke that may take half a day to lick, and bite it like a toothpick. I stick the unlit to get it right. I dig in deep shirt pockets for a match, cigarette like a feather in my hat. I kicked the habit four years ago after the last grass fire some trucker started. The butt's for practice, in case Tm ever bored. My wife saves rattles for the grandkids, flint arrowheads she finds, digging strawberry gardens, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Missouri Review University of Missouri

Where Native Grass Grows Loud if We Listen, and: That Silence When a Mountain Lion Attacks, and: Cataracts, and: Twins and Oral History, and: Fishing with Uncle Walter in World War Two, and: With Horsehairs Dipped in Oils, and: After the Fires We Once Called Vietnam

The Missouri Review, Volume 20 (3) – Oct 5, 1997

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WHERE NATIVE GRASS GROWS LOUD IF WE LISTEN/ Walt McDonald Out here, cactus is the skyline, a hundred miles of flat. Turn in a circle and never know you're back, except for the neighbor's ranch, barns like specks of mica in the dust, his windmill a semaphore of warning, Go away. East Texas is a myth, black loam and heritage and trees. The one road into town has highway signs boys use as targets. The asphalt's cracked, dandelions thriving as if crews planted them. Rattlesnakes nap on the shoulders, no trucks along for months. Jackrabbits limp along like dogs, nibbling grass and careless weeds, no need to hurry from nothing that can hide. Slumped on an aging appaloosa, I roll a smoke that may take half a day to lick, and bite it like a toothpick. I stick the unlit to get it right. I dig in deep shirt pockets for a match, cigarette like a feather in my hat. I kicked the habit four years ago after the last grass fire some trucker started. The butt's for practice, in case Tm ever bored. My wife saves rattles for the grandkids, flint arrowheads she finds, digging strawberry gardens,

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