Wallace is currently a Literature Professor at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He loves American Baseball, Waylon Jennings and he carries the sweat and the stories of the Western life in his cells. With several books to credit including Hanging The Curveball: An Oklahoman’s Love Affair with Baseball, I Come from Cowboys…and Indians (I Come From Oklahoma), Smoke and Stone and Native Son: American Poems from The Heart of Oklahoma, Wallace has won multiple Poetry awards and toured the country reciting his words of wisdom and gifts of vision. Outlaw is proud to feature below an excerpt from his brand new book Cowboys & Cantos. There’s a wonderful endorsement from Pulitzer Prize Winner Tracy Letts on the back cover.
(Another One for Waylon)
Darkness outduels the sunset,
and night throws off a cape of grey clouds.
echoing across empty cattle pastures
and the rumble of ghost trains
move yesterday down rusted rails.
An outlaw moon rises through cottonwoods,
just south of summer
and I remember nights,
nights beneath star-stacked Oklahoma skies,
dew, gathering on grass
before its shift to the pale fade,
crickets singing the darkness
unwrapping the world
like a goodbye gift,
a silver locket on a silver chain of stars.
Some nights the music fades
the songs play on…
I heard somebody yodel and a hobo moan
Jimmy, he dead;
he been a long time gone
been a long time gone.
God made a sound for the lonesome, Heaven knows,
and you can hear it when a train whistle blows.
~ Chris Wall
August has burned the day to cinders,
and I sit in the dark
on a worn wicker chair,
eyes trying to part the darkness,
see across five miles of forest,
past highways to distant tracks
that carry a two-in-the-morning train.
It might as well be a ghost white
puff of smoke
a phantom coyote’s howl
or Texas stars
lost across the Red.
It might as well be the pitch of night
before never open eyes.
It’s leaving Oklahoma
a fading echo in the ears
of fox and bobcat
prowling beneath a new black moon.
Won’t be long now
before it goes the way of dragons,
moves into another midnight
and the myth of Dakota Buffalo.
Ron Wallace reminds us that we need poetry in our lives to fill our senses and take us into the full experience of life. He reminds us to Feel.
Visit his site today and give yourself (or someone you love) the gift of Poetry.
~ Brigitte London
Brigitte London, otherwise known as The Highwaywoman, is a Singer/Songwriter out of Austin, Texas. She’s a poet, dreamer, crusader. She is also the host of internationally syndicated radio show, The Highwaywoman Radio Show). Visit www.brigittelondon.com or Brigitte on Facebook.
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