Gary Soto

(April 12, 1952 / Fresno, California)

Gary Soto Poems

1. A Red Palm 1/20/2003
2. Saturday At The Canal 1/13/2003
3. Mission Tire Factory, 1969 1/20/2003

Saturday At The Canal

I was hoping to be happy by seventeen.
School was a sharp check mark in the roll book,
An obnoxious tuba playing at noon because our team
Was going to win at night. The teachers were
Too close to dying to understand. The hallways
Stank of poor grades and unwashed hair. Thus,
A friend and I sat watching the water on Saturday,
Neither of us talking much, just warming ourselves
By hurling large rocks at the dusty ground

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