Weaker than Water

"In the world, there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong, nothing can surpass it." –Lao Tzu

Touring the Southwest: A Pseudo-Sonnet

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Touring the Southwest

The gritty drive from Santa Fe:

a slow stretching band of freeway

while I, perched like a high note in the front seat, lean

closer for pictures. To us who drive or ride on these

roads that lead to towns and other states,

the dirty mists are a nuisance.  But each exit we take

turns up folks who insist the dust is a comforting sign,

a familiar blanket on a newer bed, time

kept according to old watches.  An elderly local

rocks squeaky on a porch as we fill our tank with fuel;

“Another hot one, huh?” I ask grinning like a fool.

She doesn’t answer, just nods and licks her drying lips,

lifting dust from mouth to tongue, sitting as time permits.


Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt

Copyright July 17, 2004


Author: All Things Writing, LLC

Katherine Gotthardt is CEO of All Things Writing, LLC, a full-service content development and content marketing company. A published writer and seasoned educator, Katherine leads a team of professionals on a mission to make clients shine online and in print.

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