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The Gazeebo: Happy Centennial Arizona!

Hey all!

Been busy lately with a major amount of work and school .. but, I’ve written a few poems and this is one of them that I wanted to share.  The only reason I’m sharing this for now is because  Valentine’s day was on Tuesday and Arizona’s Centennial (100th birthday) was on the same day.  They were brought into the United States on February 14, 1912 as the 48th state, and the last of the contiguous (connecting by land) states.

 As you might be able to tell by just looking at it, I had a little bit of fun with it despite it being a pretty major challenge for me 🙂

Striking Jack Rabbits at Dawn

From the Valley of the Sun to the hole in the ground,

the Cactus Wren and its home, saguaros standing next

to the Palo Verde, roots originally Mexico.  Petrified

wood, with that little bit of Turquoise shining brightly in that Casa

Grande soil within the great Sonoran Desert, Ridge-Nosed

Rattlesnakes slithering past dead vegetation, where inside

a family of Ring-Tailed Cats sleep quietly.  Mathematicians’

wonderland, grid systems as streets, while Superstitions

loom over us all.  It’s years of cotton and corn growing in

fields, as men ranch their cattle in triple-digit summers.

Tombstone and the Earps, with ol’ Doc, while Mr.

White murders Mr. Reeder after an argument

at the school house, one wall still standing in the cold

up North; he’s buried in the cemetery where most graves

have only a block of wood in dirt.  Where my uncle runs

his own cattle, the Quarter Horses galloping through the

brush and cedar, while my cousins climb trees and my father

naps in the hammock.  The Woodpecker builds a home

next to where Squirrels nest.  The Blue Jay sits

on a limb near the Cardinal, both staring

down at the Diamondback as it

rattles while striking Jack

Rabbits at Dawn.

© Jesse McDowell Lungren


February 17, 2012 - Posted by | Your Lungren Originals | , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. So.. it doesn’t quite look the same here as it does on a normal document. It has to have at max 1.15 spacing otherwise it expands it way too much :/

    Comment by Jesse McDowell Lungren | February 18, 2012 | Reply

  2. Someone is a fan of enjambment haha 😉

    Comment by K-DAWG | March 1, 2012 | Reply

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