Gary Soto Poems
|3.||The Elements of San Joaquin||5/24/2016|
|6.||Making Money: Drought Year in Minkler, California||5/24/2016|
|8.||The Tale of Sunlight||5/24/2016|
|9.||Teaching English from an Old Composition Book||5/24/2016|
|10.||Self-Inquiry before the Job Interview||5/24/2016|
|11.||The Jungle Café||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 ...
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