We Are Singing the West

Rhett Forman

 

we are singing the west

singing the living frame of Dallas city

singing the stanchion bearing plain

singing the once listening glistening luster

of the Trinity singing


singing thankful tender harmony

over the chorus of common concrete the simple clasp

and clamor we trust impossibilities made possible

we sing the bridge the smiling fathom over Oak Cliff

we sing the red Pegasus join the joints of wall and rock

 

we weave our quilt in the shelter of mesquite shade

scoop up this platter serve it out of black earth

fired in forgotten hopes to receive future dreams

we sing the left behind

we sing the embrace ahead

 

 


Rhett Forman is an instructor of General Studies at Tarleton State University. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Literature at the University of Dallas and his B.A. from St. John’s College, Santa Fe. His work has been published by Make It New, Ramify, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, and Clemson University Press.