tomorrow I leave to El Paso, Texas
see my brother-in-law with a styled shirt in spite of his cancer below then a small dinner in the evening the next day no one knows except I may be on the road Mesquite where my father settled in '31 forty-five minutes west then a left you go in sister Sarita waits for me on Abby Street after decades in separate families we just met now I hear the clock snap I swipe an ant time to walk my dogs five blocks and back a different route to soothe the mind it is the same one but I am hopeful
Copyright © 2010 by Juan Felipe Herrera. Used with permission of the author.
Juan Felipe Herrera
Juan Felipe Herrera is the Poet Laureate of the United States. He served on the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets from 2011 to 2016.
Date Published: 2010-01-01
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/tomorrow-i-leave-el-paso-texas