fair ‘nough…

so i hitch-hiked from Joplin into Oklahoma…thumb-out…along a highway with debris blowin’ every which-way…it was a dry wind…hot…August-hot…cars passed…semis…wasn’t no-one stoppin’…just kept on passin’ me by…like i didn’t exist or somethin’…as if i was some ghost walkin’ ‘cross america post dust-bowl…funny how poverty never goes away…

kept on hitchin’ throughout the night…fruitless…big headlights shined on me as i walked and walked and walked…cars goin’ real fast…faster than i ever drove when i had the old Dodge…i’d get that thing up to 65 an’ just let it hang there…was never in a rush…

finally got picked-up by this guy inna’ an old Ford pick-up truck…paint was tarnished…close to rusting…the orange colored metal had no gloss to it as it sat under the blue lights of the gas station…he bought me a Coke and a pack of peanuts…

said he was headin’ down to Mexico to find himself a wife…gonna’ go straight down through the heart of Texas into El Paso and across the border into another land…a land where they didn’t speak English…place where you could buy a woman or anything you like for the right price…asked if i wanted to come along….

told him no…said he could drop me off in Dallas…some place close to it if he didn’t mind…he winked…asked me again…,sure you don’t wanna come along for the ride…maybe find ya’ a little seniorita too…, slapped my back…

naw…, i said…,better -off here in america…, didn’t know if that was true or not…just said it…said i was just leavin’ a woman an’ i sure didn’t need to get tied down by another one…he nodded his head with a cowboy hat tilted down…

ya’ sure…I’ll flit the bill…just gotta keep me company that’s all…

told him i was sure…

said fair ‘nough…fair ‘nough…

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