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The Texas winter mocks
with dust instead of snow
and bare mesquite to testify with thorns
against a shred of weakness.

The Texas winter gusts
fiercely from the south -
grit on lips, in eyes, on tongues that wonder
where the deer drink.

The Texas winter sinks
in rust and blood and peaches
beneath the horizon. Sweetly, sweetly,
she sips the clouds.

The Texas winter clothes herself in cicada song,
and all the stars applaud.
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archelyxs Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
The last image is really pretty!
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Writer
:3 Thanks.
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TheChesherCat Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I hate the heat. But this piece is really lovely <3
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you! <3
I'm okay with the heat, but it gets old after a while. I'd much rather have a hot season and then a cold one. xD
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TheChesherCat Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'd just like it to be cold and rainy all the time. I'm debating between moving to San Francisco or England.
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Writer
I am so with you on that. *late/fail*
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nightshade-keyblade Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The first stanza reminds me a lot of Egypt the way I remember it.
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Writer
I've always wanted to go.
My great uncle won a trip to Egypt once, and he refused to go because he claimed it was so hot, it would give him a stroke.
I checked the Weather Channel website, and on that particular day, it was cooler in Cairo than in Houston. xD
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nightshade-keyblade Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Is that so? I never would have thought. :wow:

How is the heat in Texas? Is it a dry heat or do you have humidity?
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Writer
Depends on what part of Texas. It gets very humid in Houston and in the Rio Grande Valley, where I'm living right now. Places like El Paso and Amarillo, though, the humidity can get down to 7% sometimes. Pretty much everywhere, you can expect summertime highs around 110*F. It got up to 115*F in the shade a couple of years ago while I was on a dig in West Texas.
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nightshade-keyblade Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, I see. In Egypt, it's a desert climate, so it's hot during the day but cool at night in the city. In the desert, it drops to below freezing. But the good news is, it's a dry heat so you don't suffer as much as when you're in a humid environment.

Wow, that's 43-46 Celsius with the humidity, too? Damn.

What was the dig for?
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Writer
I would far prefer cool at night than hot all the time. xD

The dig was through my school. We were excavating a site where Robert E Lee camped briefly before the American Civil War. Found some bullet casings, spoons, and china. It was a load of fun.
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nightshade-keyblade Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Totally :XD:

That...is so cool :wow:

But I thought you taught Latin? Or am I mistaken?
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Writer
It was probably the best summer I've ever had.
I do, but shovel bums don't have to have any specialization in the era they're excavating. xD I just broke dirt, is all.
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nahrain Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"The Texas winter clothes herself in cicada song,
and all the stars applaud. " I so liked this line..I love cicada's songs, they remind me of childhood days:D
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Writer
I love it, too. They can get a bit creepy when they're loud, though. xD
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nahrain Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha,Yup they can :D especially if one of them entered the house :faint:

Oh btw Qui I was a little,no actually a lot,busy with the seasons preparations and doing some gift drawings for Xmas and New Year for some of my friends but I still keeping my promise to you to draw three more characters from the Lost Knowledge,won't take time until I'm finished from some sketches for my illustration book..I'm almost done..:faint:..then I'll start working on the characters :dance:
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Heheh - good stuff, those first two lines are particularly delightful.

I'm in the process of moving from tx to ca - very bitter sweet. I always complained about the weather while I was there, but now I think I'll miss it.
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Writer
Aww, wish I'd known that. I would have stalked you. ;D
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ExistenceWeSummonYou Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Hey - no reason to let a couple thousand miles get in your way. The weather is pleasant, the people are nice... it be a fine place to stalk someone ;D
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Writer
It's not so much the couple thousand miles as the cost of transportation. I shall stalk when it becomes economically feasible! 8D
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KuraiTenshiV Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist
Yes but it describes home so very well =) thanks for these
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Writer
Thank you!
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KuraiTenshiV Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist
np
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I like the soft repetition and I really like the final stanza. It sounds like something I would have used in a fragment :D
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Writer
:) Thanks. <3
It was a really pretty evening, despite being far, far too warm for this time of year. xD
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MrWootton Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Writer
Gosh, yes. I'm back in Virginia for the holidays and it's lovely to have some decently cold weather!
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ForsakenTerra Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
I love "bare mesquite to testify with thorns / against a shred of weakness."

I have to say, as lovely as Texas sounds and as much as I love the south in general, I don't know if I could live somewhere that didn't have white winters. :P
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Writer
:) Thanks.
I like it, but I really prefer having actual cold weather, if not necessarily snow. South Texas does not believe in cold weather. xP
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ForsakenTerra Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Nice haha :P That would feel absolutely unseasonal to me.
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Writer
It's terrible! I want cold, gosh darnit! At least we're getting rain for the next few days.
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ForsakenTerra Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Haha, that's good at least :P
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callerofcrows Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful. I love how vivid a picture you paint with these descriptions. And I'm always a sucker for brilliant use of personification and metaphor. :heart:
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Writer
I love personification, too, but Texas is just so mean to me! D:
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callerofcrows Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Awww. You should move to New England! :D
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Writer
Yes, okay! ^^
But y'all talk funny! ;)
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callerofcrows Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:giggle:
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theGman0 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist
nice.
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Writer
:3 Thanks.
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