Evening on the Lawn

I sat on the lawn watching the half-hearted moon rise,
The gnats orbiting the peach pit that I spat out
When the sweetness was gone. I was twenty,
Wet behind the ears from my car wash job,
And suddenly rising to my feet when I saw in early evening
A cloud roll over a section of stars.
It was boiling, a cloud
Churning in one place and washing those three or four stars.
Excited, I lay back down,
My stomach a valley, my arms twined with new rope,
My hair a youthful black. I called my mother and stepfather,
And said something amazing was happening up there.
They shaded their eyes from the porch light.
They looked and looked before my mom turned
The garden hose onto a rosebush and my stepfather scolded the cat
To get the hell off the car. The old man grumbled
About missing something on TV,
The old lady made a face
When mud splashed her slippers. How you bother,
She said for the last time, the screen door closing like a sigh.
I turned off the porch light, undid my shoes.
The cloud boiled over those stars until it was burned by their icy fire.
The night was now clear. The wind brought me a scent
Of a place where I would go alone,
Then find others, all barefoot.
In time, each of us would boil clouds
And strike our childhood houses
With lightning.

Gary Soto

CultFit Night

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2 Comments on “Evening on the Lawn”

  1. In the Stillness of Willow Hill says:

    “..a place where I would go alone.” This beauty and wonder that children see is carried into adulthood by some of us, but it still feels like a separate journey from the masses. Finding a place to share our wonderings and wandering, here on WordPress, with beautiful people like yourself has made all the difference in the world to me.

    • CultFit says:

      Blogging has brought much compassion and kindness into my life and am I deeply grateful to have met you along the way … I hope you have a peaceful and relaxing weekend on tap – Take care and be well 🙂


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