Gary Soto Poems
|4.||The Elements of San Joaquin||5/24/2016|
|6.||The Jungle Café||5/24/2016|
|8.||Making Money: Drought Year in Minkler, California||5/24/2016|
|10.||Self-Inquiry before the Job Interview||5/24/2016|
|11.||The Tale of Sunlight||5/24/2016|
|12.||Teaching English from an Old Composition Book||5/24/2016|
|13.||How Things Work||8/17/2015|
|14.||Mission Tire Factory, 1969||1/20/2003|
|15.||Saturday At The Canal||1/13/2003|
|16.||A Red Palm||1/20/2003|
A Red Palm
You're in this dream of cotton plants.
You raise a hoe, swing, and the first weeds
Fall with a sigh. You take another step,
Chop, and the sigh comes again,
Until you yourself are breathing that way
With each step, a sigh that will follow you into town.
That's hours later. The sun is a red blister
Coming up in your palm. Your back is strong,
Young, not yet the broken chair
In an abandoned school of dry spiders.
Dust settles on your forehead, dirt
Smiles under each fingernail.
You chop, step, and by the end of the first row,
You can buy one splendid ...
Because there are avenues
Of traffic lights, a phone book
Of brothers and lawyers,
Why should you think your purse
Will not be tugged from your arm
Or the screen door
Will remain latched
Against the man
Who hugs and kisses