1. Dented Landscape

cultural sensation
made up like a valentine
they all wear red

on the mexican stations
the genie's out of the bottle
bottle sits unopened

in a sack
by the cookbooks
afternoon stew

still in the fridge
office ready for appointments
purple fuzz

e harmonica
waiting for blues in a
borrowed power in el paso

near the border
houston's on the satellites
the ones sent from there

condesending smirks
from northern saltists
politics being important to them

to those with low blood pressure
rebates and gift receipts
help pending payments

roads through mountain towns
to the steep divide
power hours

twenty minutes at a time
rain boots in the snow
and thirsty dogs

dented landscape
buried alone
watched from ancient windows

near mirrors
and the unity candle
faith, love, hope all in a line