View From the Santa Fe Rail-Runner No. 1

By Sandra Rokoff-Lizut

Sand swirls
down dry arroyos
abandons strands of plastic
to crippled chain-link fences
that quilt the callous landscape
keeping in or keeping out
the yellow mongrel canines
curled tight like coils of rope
beneath still-shiny pickups
or silent rusting junkers
alongside mobile homes. Yet, in this dusty landscape, tradition’s
still alive. Handmade adobe hornos grace a corner of each yard.

Sandra Rokoff-Lizut is a retired educator, and a children’s book author, printmaker and poet. Her work has appeared in various publications including Illya’s Honey, The Bicycle Review, Wilderness House Review and others.


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