The Land of Enchantment

Thursday Poets Rally Week 57 (December 1-7, 2011)

 

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Once bitten, thence smitten,

it is said, but not written,

in the Land of Enchantment,

New Mexico.

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From Tesuque, a Pueblo,

to the Mescalero,

to the White Sands

near Alamogordo,

.

The Sunshine State –

‘til as of late –

is the Land of Enchantment,

New Mexico.

.

The Four Corners are calling,

the Pecos is sprawling,

and the Grande is a river we know.

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The Chaco Canyon

was abandoned

a millennia more years ago.

.

Still standing the citadel,

it awaits for its people

to return to New Mexico.

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The Spaniards had tried to

conquer and subdue

this Land of Enchantment before.

.

But they, too, were consumed,

swallowed, subsumed,

as were all that could not endure.

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This land is so old

that its people enfold

unto sand with the land evermore.

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Once bitten,

thence smitten;

as the land incants

and possesses everyone’s soul.

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Thin molecules in air

still flow everywhere,

the sounds of the past, on parole.

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There’s no where to go

for the sound but to flow

through the sands of the land,

and blow.

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To listen real close,

one can still hear the ghosts –

their murmurs, their chants, their woes.

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The mountains and sand,

the forests and land,

and the rivers

that all slowly flow –

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They Know!

They Know!

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That land is consuming,

and slowly subsuming,

all the living from the land, very slow.

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They well understand

the the goings of Man,

in the Land of Enchantment,

New Mexico.

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(Revised 01 Dec 2011)

Copyright © 2011 Marvin Loyd Welborn. All Rights Reserved.

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Comments

  1. Beautiful. It was so hard to leave New Mexico. I was always drawn back. I finally moved to Tucson and managed to not move back, but Farmington will always be my home regardless how far or how long I stay away!! Well done, Tink! It captures the beauty and the feel for NM

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  2. One of my brothers lives in NM and I’ve visited a few times. The desert areas are so different from what I’m used to here in Florida. I love the history, culture and enchantment that it holds.

    You told its story so well.

    Reply

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