Lunch in Mexico: A Poem by Karla Linn Merrifield

Photo by Glysiak
 Walk across, ankle deep
 not much of a river
 for its exalted name Rio
  
 Grande in high Chihuahuan
 summer, the United States
 one stone’s throw away
  
 even with my weak arm.
 So this is the border
 in Santa Elena Canyon
  
 some igneous rocks, mud, silt
 after last night’s thunderstorm
 that didn’t make a dent
  
 in eight years of draught.
 But that rain was a gift
 from the gods above ants,
  
 tamarisks, & beings we’ll never
 see at this thin crossing.
 Who is here to judge? 

Karla Linn Merrifield has had 800+ poems appear in dozens of journals and anthologies. She has 14 books to her credit. Following her 2018 Psyche’s Scroll (Poetry Box Select) is the 2019 full-length book Athabaskan Fractal: Poems of the Far North from Cirque Press. In early 2021, her Half a World of Kisses will be published by Truth Serum Press (Australia) under its new Lindauer Poets imprint. She is currently at work on a poetry collection, My Body the Guitar, inspired by famous guitarists and their guitars; the book is slated to be published in December 2021 by Before Your Quiet Eyes Publications Holograph Series (Rochester, NY).

Photo by Glysiak – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32441150

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