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Around the Square
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011

O Beautiful.O Morning Star.O bacon frying in the pan.And toast and butter.And scrambled eggs.Or bowls of milk and cereal.Wake up, sleepyheads.Yawn and stretch.Working men with trucks and trailers.On the move.Early risers.Working women getting ready.Feed the kids.Throw clothes in dryer.Hurryhurryhurry.Tres Caminos.The OPEN sign beckoning.Breakfast tacos.The moon fading.Sun’s coming up.Birds break camp.It’s near the time.The time.O majesty.O miracle.The darkness dissolves.Eighteen-wheeler groans through town.And another and another.Rooster sounds off in the distance.No cows in the pasture now.Maybe goats on the hill.Or a bull by himself.No rain.None predicted.But sorely needed.Been too dry for too long.Time for school.Teenagers speed down El Paso.Time for coffee at PJs.The OPEN sign blinking.BONG…BONG…says the Courthouse clock…BONG…BONG…BONG…Morning regulars stop at GiGi’s…BONG…BONG.BONG.It’s official.It’s eight o’clock.And another day closer to rain.That’s Mason.Renee Walker is an author, poet, and real estate broker on the square.

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