Nothing to Say

Spot project, Image and text by Paul Zeigler

Miles south of Marfa, long before Shafter, this sign says nothing. It spots a prime location -the crest of a hill, visible from both approaches. Words dried from its surface, peeled with each wind. No one is sure if they fled north to Marfa or south to Praesidio. Perhaps they stopped and chatted briefly with the Shafter ghost signs before they vanished into the Chinati mountains. I search carefully, but this trail is too cold, and the cattle below me can't understand my keening as the wind and sun slowly steal my words.

Paul Zeigler is a photographer and poet based in Houston, Texas.