Covering the West Texas Border
by Christine Wenk-Harrison

Hombres in sombreros,
seasonal hats—felt or straw
perhaps, “Hecho en Mexico”

Where the Rio Grande divides
the Chihuahuan desert, light is potent;
a hat’s a shady refuge

Broad-rimmed cowboy hats,
headgear with a message,
images of frontier legends...

The wearer might ride a bull, bronc or horse
drive a new or rusty pick-up truck
or pull up to the bar in a VW bus.

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