Houston Surrounds

 

Bold, alive, thriving, and boundless with

lip-smacking barbequed ribs and brisket;

all kinds of beer, hard liquor, drugs, and sex;

and plenty of down-home southern charm.

 

BUT. . . 

 

Plagued with ungodly heat and humidity;

destructive hurricanes and tornadoes;

and heavy rains, levee leaks, and flooding.

 

Brimming with ants, roaches, and mesquites; 

scorpions, black widows, and brown recluses;

and copperheads, cottonmouths, and rattlers.

 

Predominantly concrete and asphalt and

exposed to wind-blown polluted northern air

with added pollutants from nearby refineries.
 

Crowded with heavy traffic and congestion,

lots of car accidents, crime ridden streets,

and poverty and homelessness in plain sight.

 

Out of sight and rising property taxes, and 

arrogant, loud, and racist Texans, driving

pickups with six-packs and guns within reach.

 

An endless influx of people from other states,

threatening to turn its conservative confines

into the progressive messes they left behind.

 

BUT AGAIN. . .

 

Bold, alive, thriving, and boundless with

lip-smacking barbequed ribs and brisket;

all kinds of beer, hard liquor, drugs, and sex;

and plenty of down-home southern charm.

 

 

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