You Can’t Stop a Tumbleweed

by Jennifer Shneiderman

Photography by Larry Everitt

A whirling wild wanderer

carried by howling wind

a scattered whisper voice

seeking purchase

then freed again.

You can’t stop a tumbleweed.

A thistle skeleton

dancing with dirt devils

a windwitch casting spells

entrancing cactus flowers

intoxicating the stars.

You can’t stop a tumbleweed.

A blizzard of bouncing prickly burrs

stopping a snaking road

humans and their machines surrender

to a desolate desert night for

the savage wind must die first.

You can’t stop a tumbleweed.

Jennifer Shneiderman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker living in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in many publications, including: Yale University’s The Perch, The Rubbertop Review, Anti-Heroin Chic, Flash Fiction Magazine, and Minnow Literary Magazine. She received an Honorable Mention in the Laura Riding Jackson 2020 Poetry Competition.

Larry's first trip to the Big Bend area was in 1981, and as is common, he fell instantly in love. An avid 4WD and ATV enthusiast, he broke in new vehicles on the roads of Big Bend NP and Terlingua Ranch. Since 2002, he has been a TR property owner, and built his current ranch house in 2013. Semi-retired from a 36-year career as a signs and graphics business owner, photography, digital art, and abstract painting have been his pastimes of choice. Larry and his wife Sue split their time between their small ranches in Terlingua and rural North Texas near Stephenville.