by Hillary Lyon
no resort planner armed here
and hiding in the background
arranging campfire standbys
instead roving posses pass through
red rock escarpments
taste the rugged quick-draw
in the epicenter
of regular gunfights framing
the backdrop for bragging
a mechanical bull for private rodeos
held in the flatland gash
for an audience of roped calves
and a pocket full of land-grab angles
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