One tall cactus plant…


So there I stood in the midst of swirling sand

growing roots outta my feet n’ thorns outta my hand

I was turning into one tall cactus plant

listening to tarantulas crawl and coyotes chant


The city drove up n’ said “boo!” n’ I almost died

it jumped outta its car into a pan and fried

I revived, sprouted a bud, but couldn’t talk

sprouted two more buds n’ also couldn’t walk


My brother come up with a plate in his hand

on the plate was bacon n’ eggs and a big command

from Pope John to grow another inch before sundown

so I grew old instead, fell over n’ hit the ground


Now I’m rollin’ across the desert like a tumbleweed

just one of many with an impossible creed

about what is right and what is wrong

   as the dust sings its favorite ancient song…


poem from an out-of-print book

A Love Song To The American Lizard

by Rawclyde!

(Copyright Clyde Collins 1999)



About Rawclyde!

I have employed a few pen names throughout the years. Rawclyde with an exclamation mark (!) is the one too sticky to go away... Came of age at Crawford High, San Diego, CA ~ writing sports, a column, & playing football ~ graduated in '68... Attended SDSU for a couple years... Hit the road in a '56 Chevy milk-truck, a "studymobile," filling up notebooks & working as a laborer in the southwest... Practiced the genteel art of fiction for several years in my hometown... Enlisted in the U.S. Army ~ they made me a newsman in Hawaii ~ wrote another column for a while... Attended more courses at SDSU ~ studied novel writing with Professor Charlie Brashers... Sold books out of an '85 Ford one-ton van, a "book mule," in the desert... Did some writing in an old hotel in Prescott AZ... Have written & self-published 9 or so books ~ many of which are hiding out on the cyber highway...
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