an end to the drought

Guillermo José Guerra Hernandez Carrillo

never complained about drought

it will end, he said, it always does


the tequila never stopped, and for him

that was almost as good as rain sweeping over the desert

breaking the monotony of sun and heat


one night, Memo sang about how he and his Comanche kin

rode with Pancho Villa, picked their way across the sky islands,

and shot Texas Rangers for fun and sport


the revolution was good then, he said, anything went

a strapping woman with red hair and a winchester

squeezed him and his horse until they fainted with delight


Pershing and his Army regulars, Obregon’s frumpy green men,

ran eyes wide, mouths agape, lungs bursting,

from Villa’s Mexicans, Comanches, and what was left of the Apaches


Memo and Villa’s men waved their rifles like antennae,

and showed Pershing’s Punitive Expedition a modern war

where fairness was a matter of opinion


cool wind sweeps up over Chihuahua tonight

over the gravestones on this bank of the Rio Bravo del Norte

where Carrillo danced in the blond grass with a jug of wine


rain falls with a sigh

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Patrick Dobson

Patrick Dobson was founded in 1962. He is a writer, scholar, ironworker, and poet who lives in Kansas City, MO. He is author of two books with the University of Nebraska Press, Seldom Seen: A Journey into the Great Plains (2009) and Canoeing the Great Plains: A Missouri River Summer (May 2015). Dobson is a work in progress until termination.

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