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“El Vagabond” by Catfish McDaris

A Russian thistle tumbleweed
rolling down the road, a pile
of fool’s gold blowing in the wind

A pocketful of dreams, a trail
of broken hearts & bottles

Your hand encompasses the universe,
blue honey water in the marrow,
starry eyes & nights, campfire smoke

Another beach to explore, hobo
coffee from a tin can, better than
champagne with an heiress

Boxcar, thumb, canoe, limo, yacht:
shoe leather express, all equal,
all adequate transportation

A wisdom mountain to climb
to a wildflower meadow, disdain
for time & appointments

The wolf called civilization will always
gnaw at your heels, if you surrender,
it will chain you like the rest.

Catfish McDaris is an aging New Mexican living near Milwaukee. He has four walls, a ceiling, heat, food, a woman, two cats, a typing machine, and a mailbox. That’s enough for him. He writes for himself and sometimes he gets lucky and someone publishes his words. He remains his biggest fan. He’s been sliding in the shadows of the small press for 20 years.

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