Green Hills Literary Lantern

 

 

 

 

Self Portrait as a Coppice of Bluebonnets

 

Tourists flock to see the wildflowers

blooming every April here in Brenham–

fuchsia primrose jeweled in morning’s showers,

blankets of firewheels, winecups brimmed with heaven.

Bluebonnet beauty crests before their eyes

in a dazzling display of spring

that makes the fields bluer than the skies

above. The season’s paramours all bring

 

their cameras, snap some selfies. April dulls

to August’s brown. The tourists empty out;

no one comes to photograph the hulls

of beauty left behind, the face of drought,

the strangling grip of heat, the lashing gust

she weathers, tucking seeds beneath her dust.

 

Katherine Hoerth is the author of three poetry collections, including Goddess Wears Cowboy Boots, which won the Helen C. Smith Prize for the best book of poetry in Texas in 2015. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Lamar University and serves as Editor-in-Chief of Lamar University Literary Press.