Listen: Brack-In Ridge
Reportage from Abilene, Texas.
The parking lot guy collects a five spot.
I joke: five dollars to see my
brother-in-law? The good ol’ boy
with the best trash and
the biggest damn stash east of the Pecos.
I suppose west of, too.
A cowboy swap meet.
Auto stuff, mostly.
Kind of a thing in a place,
next to a silent (today) drag strip.
I spied more vendors than not.
Gear heads. Rust is the most
favored color and condition.
Many men’s junk—treasures
for another’s home, yard, or garage.
To be sold again one day down the road.
Huge bushy mustachios, semi-clean blue jeans
with stained dirty shirts work, baseball caps
of some kind to cover secret coded bald heads,
hidden lips that barely part
speaking a strange dialect,
What’s the least y’all take?
I’h gotta have ‘at old junk.
Gotta get that much,
‘at’s mah last one,
except fer ones I ain’t sold yet.
Big sky country, gateway to western Texas.
And women looking. And high priced
cars, trucks, scoots, and toys
that been rustin’ for years.
Who knows where?
It’s a tribe thingy.
I like ‘em,
but I don’t get them.
They don’t get me. Seems fair enough.
Still, it’s fun to sit and stare. To look,
and to listen.
Look both ways, be y’all a seller or a buyer.
Mind the gaps for the best deal.