42. Waltz Across Texas

Cancer gives Mom the ability to amble,

to take eight hours to drive four


to saunter from Rockport to Refugio

to stroll through Goliad up to Gonzales

to slow down in Yoakum (don’t stop!)


to linger in the geography of her youth

to mosey an eighth of a mile out of her way

to sit in the shade of a 500-year-old oak tree


still alive, like her.