// Southwest Texas

i grew up watching texas on the tv

dirt roads crossing wide open lands

small towns marked by a single gas station

a place to be anonymous

to rest 

after chasing lights and libations

i could be anyone there

the girl i always pictured

brave, independent, free

when i got to texas

i tried to be all those things, and more

a bartender on east 6th

a waitress in sleepy alpine

a stargazer under the marfa lights

only to find

i could be all those things,

and more.