Galveston, 1900

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Galveston, 1900

First the wind, then a tide like no other
uprooting the calm,

a visage tilted back in descent
as if listening for the aftermath.

And later, the gardener’s lament
and the building’s exposed ribs,

light entering the eternal
orchard, nine children tied to a cincture.

Not even the earth could retain its bodies,
and the sea remanded those given to its care.

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“Galveston, 1900” first appeared here in January 2015.

19 thoughts on “Galveston, 1900

  1. Galveston is my favorite Texas city. My mind starts composing romantic stories as soon as I arrive. What a tragedy you write about…but since you wrote this piece Texas has had more hurricanes to write about. those are not the kind of stories I conjure up though.

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