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(April 12, 1952 / Fresno, California)

Poems of Gary Soto

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

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,

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