Walt McDonald served as Texas Poet Laureate in 2001. His twenty books of poetry and fiction include Climbing the Divide and All Occasions. (April 2003)

Squall Line at Sixty-Five

Sloshing through sudden bogs, we leave the trees balled up in the pickup and retreat to the porch swing,   slinging holy water from our hats. By tonight, the cloudburst will be gone, sand almost a crust by dawn.   Two days, …