The Queen of Santa Fe


My memories are slippery and sharp,
And coloured by the heat of her,
Adventurous and sweet.

Three months ago, I met the Queen of Santa Fe,

Her hair as red and long as twenty seven years.
She caught my English words.

Her throne and duty may have been this city in the dust,

But she'd never left her Isis home,
A council youth, a river bank,

A teacher with the petulance to force a lifetime long haired girl

To cut her pride, to mark the drought of  '76.
She heard my English words.

And spoke, exuberant,

Compleat in drink and desert glow,
She spread her history.
She heard my English words.

And dreamt her night in Oxfordshire,

As snow caressed the desert lands,
Where she will ride forever.

Written by

Dylan Harris 2000