Lordsburg, NM

Live Oak, I admire your ability
To survive the Texas sun
The reptilian bark and tight tiny leaves
Spread a canopy of relief
Across the arid scrub, you and your brothers,
Strong survivors of the wind and rain
But still with an esthetic balance
Not found in other mutant desert plants
At home in a yard or beside a dirt road
Slow, steady and quiet.

Live Oak, I