Texas once was Mexico, once indigenous land, part of Turtle Island – indigenous descriptor for the continent. Still is. Texas is Latin America, Anglo America, African America, Indigenous America, Asian America. Texas overlaps. Tejas, Teyas – meaning allies, or friends, or possibly "tough guys." What cosmic forces might converge at this point on the old Chisholm cattle trail? More
Texas, San Marcos, on the old Chisholm cattle trail – where Central, South, and East Texas collide. Here is where Latin America meets Anglo America, meets the US South, US West and US Midwest – in and around the ancient grounds and waters of what is now called San Marcos, where more than 200 springs shoot out from three main fissures and other openings within a couple hundred yards of each other – now engulfed at the bottom of Spring Lake, the current visible source of the San Marcos River – the only home of a few unique plant and animal species, including the Texas blind salamander, fishes, and Texas wild rice. The only home. Past a Free the Springs! sign tacked onto an old elm by a local environmental group, I walked up to Spring Lake where I sat on the bank and stared into the reeds of the marsh – full moon burning water, almost too bright. The water breathed, wet marshy.