“Javelina in July”

by Larry D. Thomas

Javelina in July
(Hancock Hill, Alpine, TX)

With dagger-
like tusks
glinting

daybreak,
he hooks
the heart

of a desert
candle,
and he eats.

In hundred-
degree plus
midday heat,

to muster
his strength
for foraging,

he’ll bed down
in a thicket
of prickly pear.

(Note: The author was privileged to live in Alpine, TX from 2011 until 2017 when he relocated to Las Cruces, NM. He lived on a two-acre lot on the northeast side of Hancock Hill on the southwest side of which Sul Ross State University is located. Among the many things he enjoyed while living in Alpine was the plenitude of wildlife throughout the area. Thomas observed the subject of this poem rustling in an arroyo near his residence, and he was compelled to attempt to capture the big boar’s essence in a poem.)

Larry Thomas is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters and served as the 2008 Texas Poet Laureate. He has been privileged to publish my poetry in New Texas since 2001, when it was published annually as a print journal.