Brisk walks along the ditch.
Smelling roasting green Chile at the corner store.
The sounds of fire,
Lifting the colorful balloons off the ground.
Midnight quiet interrupted by trains.
Together as families we are so close,
Except when loteria is played and the cousins complain.
Rain on a sunny day,
Snowy mountains in April.
Today, tomorrow, and everyday
Life in New Mexico.
Life in New Mexico is…
A boring prompt for a poetry contest
Because “New Mexico” is an
Imaginary line drawn on a map
And if you follow that imaginary line
All the way to upper left-hand corner
You will find a spot where you can stand
In four different states at once
Straddle four different imaginary lines
And because this is a poem I should probably
Compare them to blood vessels, or copper wires
Or children’s chalk art
But I won’t
Because all of those things are real
And yes, the sky may be bluer here
And this may be the only place in the world
With green chile worthy of the name
And it may be the place of birth on my passport
Until the end of time
But when you drive into the land of enchantment
Really all you drive into is land
That has to come from people
And people will be people anywhere in the world
Tonight my heart sings the same song
Of longing for a better future
In harmony with a billion other hearts
Across the world
I fall in love
Against the backdrop
Of a sunset
Splashed against the sky
In an explosion of every color of flame
But it is just a backdrop
And people tire of reading poems
But they never tire of reading poems
About loves so strong
They make your blood boil
And that love is born wherever there
Are people to love and people to give love
I yearn to make my mark
Leave a legacy that will live beyond me
So I scratch a temporary mark in the red dirt
And all throughout the world and time immemorial
The same yearning guided other hands
To leave twin marks in steel
In the soft dirt of the forest
Wherever the makers hands
Could find purchase, could find art
Life in New Mexico is just like life
And I am just like a human
From anywhere else
We meet in the middle
Breathe the same air
Write the same poetry
Life in New Mexico is
Life in New Mexico is not life in Colorado
Life in New Mexico is not life in Arizona
Life in New Mexico is not life in California
Life in New Mexico is vigas sticking out of every other house
Life in New Mexico is pearly red ristras swinging in the breeze
Life in New Mexico is sipping a cold horchata under the hot summer sun
Life in New Mexico is the sound of the coyotes yipping and yowling through the star dotted night
Life in New Mexico is the spiky cacti lining the desert floor
Life in New Mexico is the comforting smell of spicy chillies being roasted nearby
Life in New Mexico is the morning sky dotted with colorful balloons
Life in New Mexico is not life in Utah
Life in New Mexico is not life in New York
Life in New Mexico is a life of Enchantment.
Life in New Mexico is a breakthrough
Down here we play horseshoes
We are riding down the Rio Grande in our brand-new canoes
Politicians committing treason
Citizens fleeing cause of the lack of our monsoon seasons
They say people come here for the lack of discipline
We got elevation, travelers come here for vacation
We have so many sightseeing locations
Dreaming, of white sands, snow, and the mysteries of the Navajo
New Mexico celebrates and escalates its culture
We still have the structures, we got the pictures
Houses made from a mixture called a pueblo
Creating music with our fellows, into the afternoon air
Hot air balloons, floating everywhere
The state of enchantment has culture and green glass
Full of history and mystery that leave others to wonder and ponder
Teen Volunteer Program
The teen volunteer program is a great way to both get in service hours a school might require as well as earn valuable on the job experience that can go towards building a resume.
Our library offers shifts that you can choose to schedule yourself in based on your available schedule.
Mondays: 4-5 p.m.
Tuesdays: 4-6 or 5-7 p.m.
Thursdays: 4-6 or 5-7 p.m.
Fridays: 4-5 p.m.
Saturdays: 11-12 p.m.
We realize that the offered schedule may not be the right fit for all teen volunteers, so if there is a more appropriate schedule for you then please talk with the youth services librarian. Also, life can change with seasonal activities so the youth services librarian will email out a schedule to choose from each month so that the volunteer can adjust their hours on a monthly basis if needed.
|Khan Academy is a great resource for homeschooling as well as just a supplementary tutoring tools.|
|This is a great resource for all sorts of subjects ranging from social studies to sciences. Some of these courses can fill in any state requirement gaps that other online home school curriculums might not cover.|
We want to hear your ideas for the Library! Let a librarian know if you have a program or material suggestion.