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July 20, 2002 (Amarillo, TX)

parched wind whips by rattling vent covers
stirring up dust, spinning into vortex
dragging leaves that tenaciously cling
pushing invisible children
on squeaking swings
stealing
moisture
from thirsting lips
carrying the forlorn sound of
a train that passes, away from sunset
barely allowing its call to reach lonely ears
before snatching it away - unforgiving

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