The Land of Enchantment

~ Once bitten, thence smitten, it’s said, but not written, in the Land of Enchantment, of New Mexico. From Tesuque, a Pueblo, to Mescalero, White Sands, which stands near Alamogordo: The Sunshine State – ‘til as of late; the Land of Enchantment, called New Mexico. Four Corners are calling, the Pecos is sprawling, and the […] Continue reading

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Song of Narbona

~ So different this New Man, The Blue Man, These Dragoons of Kearny. I see him – But he, He doesn’t see me! A New Man, This Blue Man, Pale-faced as white sand, A fraction of men, Sent here by Kearny. A Blue van Of New Men, The Blue Man new army. He comes at […] Continue reading

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Dos Mundos

~ In Charlottesville      there are four seasons; For Farmington,      less so.   Equidistant      more than reason; For Farmington,      more snow.   I live apart,      two separate worlds –   One, in culture,      East Coast finds; Another features      high terrains.   Of which, does Nature      or human creature, […] Continue reading

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Nuevo Méjico por la Noche

~ The sun shines bright     even at night   where millions of stars     show off their lights   in Navy blue sky     pinpricked by sight,   Nightlights highlights     the ground all around   ‘Til the moon takes her flight     and drowns the crowd down.   Ah!  las tierra     bella […] Continue reading

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Fish Out of Water

…. I moved to the East where they ex-wife had brought me because she so hated New Mexico.   Some folk are like that wherever they go. But I fit in easy, lizard-like so.   So I came to Virginia just ‘out of the blue.’ But really, a ‘toss up’ twixt two States I knew. […] Continue reading

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Minutia Iota

~ Was the year 60, or 61? As best I remember it wasn’t much fun.   Well maybe, for someone, it was for a while. The prettiest girl wore the prettiest smile.   Hawkins, a madman, knew everything; but, why put a sad man in charge of children?   Minutia iota, be-stilled, but still fled, […] Continue reading

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The Unfortunate Colony – Rebellion

V.  Rebellion  ~ The Ninth day of August, Sixteen-Eighty, don Antonio de Otermín, governor and captain of His Majesty’s province, New Mexico Land, states he had  received “Some noteworthy news of general disturbance.”   The Pueblo Indians, now Christian converted, are “convoked, allied, and confederated” to revolt from this Kingdom and destroy all at hand, […] Continue reading

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The Unfortunate Colony – Popé

IV.  Popé  ~ The strands, knotted leather, each knot of the tether, a message, in passage, denoting together when Pueblo would no longer hide.   A signaling system that signified breaking of the yoke and cruel chaffing chide.   Augusto de Año, Sixteen-Eighty, The High Time had come, the bell had been rung, and the […] Continue reading

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The Unfortunate Colony – A Colony Lost

III.  A Colony Lost ~ Three generations, from Oñate to here, Sixteen-Eighty, and the changes appear:   Caste system conflict among three estates – Religious, Government, and the Colonists – coupled with Distance, which turns to Neglect and Form follows Function to change and correct.   The land was harsh – this has its own […] Continue reading

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The Unfortunate Colony – Acoma!

II.  Acoma! ~ Upon a hill, impregnable, a mighty fortress, still: a city in the sky upon a mesa stood:     Guarded Acoma!   Oñate came in Ninety-Eight, incurred the wrath and Pueblo hate, demanding more they could afford – the Natives would deny! and bring about the total rout, this City in the […] Continue reading

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The Unfortunate Colony – Cibola

~ At the fin de siècle myths are re-newed, and Cibola re-sought for thought to be true.   Wealth! beyond measure, there for the leisure to take for España, the King, and their God;   but of that brought back, was fraught with the bad, from a land that was called New Mexico.   Oñate […] Continue reading

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Elephant Butte

~ The water runs deep dark and steep just a few feet from the lake shore   and all eyes will sweep the largeness she keeps – she’s a butte of a lake, and much more.   The boys of their teens are barely just weaned from the babies they were just before,   then […] Continue reading

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Déjà Vu

we’ve see this before     somewhere out there   over a rainbow     but not New Mexico   where there,      they’re much    too much rare   and each gets a vote    where each one could win,   but that too’s remote   you don’t have to stand outside in […] Continue reading

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