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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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