Saturday, February 27, 2016

It's A Garden Party - Lows & Highs

This feature, originally known as Saturday Farmer's Market, was created by Heather at Capricious Reader, and then hosted by Chris at Stuff as Dreams are Made on.

At this point the Oxalis is doing its best to smother the front garden and succeeding spectacularly.

It is so discouraging. I think it has beaten me.

It's not that it looks bad; it doesn't. In fact, it looks quite festive. But it smothers everything else, then dies, covering the garden in a yellow brown shroud.

On a much sweeter note, we have harvested the year's Orange crop - all nine of them!

This picture only shows eight because one didn't make it to the photo shoot. (we ate it.) They are so sweet and juicy - not as gloriously delicious as those from the miracle tree across the street, but better than store bought by a mile.

- Gary Soto

The first time I walked
With a girl, I was twelve,
Cold, and weighted down
With two oranges in my jacket.
December. Frost cracking
Beneath my steps, my breath
Before me, then gone,
As I walked toward
Her house, the one whose
Porch light burned yellow
Night and day, in any weather.
A dog barked at me, until
She came out pulling
At her gloves, face bright
With rouge. I smiled,
Touched her shoulder, and led
Her down the street, across
A used car lot and a line
Of newly planted trees,
Until we were breathing
Before a drugstore. We
Entered, the tiny bell
Bringing a saleslady
Down a narrow aisle of goods.
I turned to the candies
Tiered like bleachers,
And asked what she wanted -
Light in her eyes, a smile
Starting at the corners
Of her mouth. I fingered
A nickle in my pocket,
And when she lifted a chocolate
That cost a dime,
I didn’t say anything.
I took the nickle from
My pocket, then an orange,
And set them quietly on
The counter. When I looked up,
The lady’s eyes met mine,
And held them, knowing
Very well what it was all

A few cars hissing past,
Fog hanging like old
Coats between the trees.
I took my girl’s hand
In mine for two blocks,
Then released it to let
Her unwrap the chocolate.
I peeled my orange
That was so bright against
The gray of December
That, from some distance,
Someone might have thought
I was making a fire in my hands.

from: Gary Soto: New and Selected Poems. Copyright 1995.

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