Treasure Island

Jimmy Santiago Baca

(2 January 1952 / Santa Fe, New Mexico)

Choices


An acquaintance at Los Alamos Labs
who engineers weapons
black x’d a mark where I live
on his office map.
Star-wars humor….
He exchanged muddy boots
and patched jeans
for a white intern’s coat
and black polished shoes.
A month ago, after butchering a gouged bull,
we stood on a pasture hill,
and he wondered with pained features
where money would come from
to finish his shed, plan alfalfa,
and fix his tractor.
Now his fingers
yank horsetail grass
he crimps herringbone tail-seed
between teeth, and grits out words,
“Om gonna buy another tractor
next week. More land too.”
Silence between us is gray water
let down in a tin pail
in a deep, deep well,
a silence
milled in continental grindings
millions of years ago.
I throw my heart
into the well, and it falls
a shimmering pebble to the bottom.
Words are hard
to come by, “Would have lost everything
I’ve worked for, not takin’ the job.”
His words try to
retrieve
my heart
from the deep well.
We walk on in silence,
our friendship
rippling away.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: humor, silence, money, star, water, lost, heart, work

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Choices by Jimmy Santiago Baca )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Fabulous rich, hasmukh amathalal
  2. Always, dr.k.g.balakrishnan kandangath
  3. The condition again, hasmukh amathalal
  4. Oatmeal Omelet, Von Kimball Barney
  5. The condition, hasmukh amathalal
  6. Reason, Elia Michael
  7. Autumn Again But, Nassy Fesharaki
  8. He Was Leaving, Neela Nath
  9. Symphony, Col Muhamad Khalid Khan
  10. The hunter's trap - By POET Yaser Nadeem.., MOHAMMAD SKATI

Poem of the Day

poet Rupert Brooke

If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  4. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  5. 1914 V: The Soldier, Rupert Brooke
  6. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  7. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  8. All the World's a Stage, William Shakespeare
  9. No Man Is An Island, John Donne
  10. Invictus, William Ernest Henley

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]