Oranges - Gary Soto

By Mark Ashworth 25 Jan 06:04
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Oranges
Gary Soto
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The first time I walked
With a girl, I was twelve,
Cold, and weighted down
With two oranges in my jacket.
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December. Frost cracking
Beneath my steps, my breath
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Before me, then gone,
As I walked toward
Her house, the one whose
Porch light burned yellow
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Night and day, in any weather.
A dog barked at me, until
She came out pulling
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At her gloves, face bright
With rouge. I smiled,
Touched her shoulder, and led
Her down the street, across
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A used car lot and a line
Of newly planted trees,
Until we were breathing
Before a drugstore. We
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Entered, the tiny bell
Bringing a saleslady
Down a narrow aisle of goods.
I turned to the candies
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Tiered like bleachers,
And asked what she wanted -
Light in her eyes, a smile
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Starting at the corners
Of her mouth. I fingered
A nickle in my pocket,
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And when she lifted a chocolate
That cost a dime,
I didn’t say anything.
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I took the nickle from
My pocket, then an orange,
And set them quietly on
The counter. When I looked up,
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The lady’s eyes met mine,
And held them, knowing
Very well what it was all
About.

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Oranges 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 About.
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