When the Rio Grande enters El Paso
it changes from a simple river
to an international boundary
with a lot of rules.
It is not like the up stream Rio Grande
does not know rules, since it does.
But up stream rules control usage
After seventy-seven days without measurable rain
the river looked to be in poor health
and able to be crossed
with a hop skip and jump.
Monsoon season arrived seventeen June.
Rain fell up and down the central valley
creating feeder streams
from sandy arroyos and concrete ditches.
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