Before the Flood

I described this pastoral scene a few years ago, a place so dull that nothing ever happens. Well, huge floods are happening, homes swept away, people drowned.


Blanco State Park
on the Blanco River
in Blanco, Texas
the Blanco County seat
pronounced blank-o

Farm duck
red feathers behind his ear
and green shoulders
over plump whiteness.

Black steers in a field.
Live oak.
Green gray water
flowing east
with wind ripples
skimming west.

of the far shore
under the blank old sky.

About Ray Sharp

Father, poet, triathlete, local public health planner
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