Take Me to Texas

Take Me to Texas
by travis catsull
Where the red birds bitch in the trees
and the gardens grow septic tanks and cornbread.
Where the only pagean in town has bad breath
and the local whiskey company repairs boots.
Where the fences are made of cactus and hair spray
and the wanted signs pose whores holding tail gates.
Where the bathrooms have screen doors, cbs
and there’s piss on the floor.
Where livestock is charged on the gas tab
and whippin’s are irrigated and served with snow come pie.
Where the wild donkeys are broke by preachers
and the best rodeo is in the Mayor’s backyard.
Where the buildings are made of chains and catfish
bones. The basements are full of retarded things.
Yup, take me to Texas, take me home.
From the book, Open Spirit, published in 2000.

0 thoughts on “Take Me to Texas

  1. Sometimes we get perfect weather. Like we did today and you get reminded why you live somewhere. Someone asked me if I had a copy of my first book and I’ve got a couple boxes, but then the person disappeared and I was stuck staring at a copy and starting flipping through it and thought, “Hey, that was a fun poem to write, maybe I’ll post it on a perfect day in Texas. See what H and H thinks.”
    That’s it.

  2. One last thought, before I shut up:
    I LOVE TEXAS. *i*can’t*wait*
    HOUSTON (Reuters) – A grand jury in South Texas indicted U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and former attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Tuesday for “organized criminal activity” related to alleged abuse of inmates in private prisons.

  3. All too true couplets stage a coup in LBJ’s coupe de ville…seems very honest, well conceived, with a few tall tales mixed in? I gotta check out the cb’s in the bathrooms though, i’ll bet that’s too fun. I miss Texas in the Austin/San Marcos area!
    A local lawyer friend, though, showed me this old old pic of his dad and mom on their honeymoon where he’s holding a rifle and there’s like 20 prarie dogs lined up on the stepping rail of their Studebaker…he’s smiling, she’s not…only in Texas. Misener does the same thing in Michigan but with lampreys…

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