Texas is known as “The Lone Star State”. In origin, this nickname refers to the single star used on the Republican flag in the struggle for independence against Mexico. Texas is proud of its republican spell and its role as a member of the United States is always tempered by it. The Texan flag is often flown higher and bolder than the American flag and people joke that Texans are Texans first and Americans second in a way that is distinct from any other state.
It also conjures up images of a Malborough Man-esque lone cowboy, as is often depicted on license plates. Lone stars. There are strengths and shadows. Texas is a real star and it is distinctive and great. But it is not good to be alone. So today, I am going to speak some alternative words over this state. As ever, Keats says it best:
Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art–
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night