Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Gold Rock Notebook #6



Gold Rock Notebook #6

Baked Mojave dust, 1975... the morning road from Vegas after the Ali-Lyle fight.  Driving with the rising sun behind you... and seeing that desert and hungover-thinking, How it shimmers. Listening to Bakersfield radio, Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. You have AAA road maps all the way to a grizzly-clawed trailer southwest of MacKenzie, B.C., but everything ahead is uncharted.

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Yellow Great Basin 2001 sky... you pull over. North of Gerlach? The other side of Jackpot? Bullet holes through the walls of an abandoned northern Nevada motel.

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Black linen.  Moon and your shadow.  Nights of no moon.  Kansas: Squirrel Tooth Alice, Ned Buntline, Mysterious Dave Mather.  An earlier century... carried off... by October moths.

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Your son's grown, moved-on.  Some ghost says, Get a rawhide grip. In the back of his dusty spider web closet, a 3rd or 4th hand 1980's bareback riggin'.  

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