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Short poem

Simon Joseph Ortiz (1941-)

Notes on the Steps of the San Diego Bus Depot

              1Across the street
              2America is putting together
              3another Federal Building.
              4The Wisconsin Horse
              5looks through the chainlink fence.
              6He turns and tells me with his eyes.

              7I discover Marge Piercy
              8in a poetry newspaper.
              9Her thick sensual lips
            10are about to move
            11upon the earth.
            12I wonder if her dark eyes
            13are always seeing
            14beyond the farthest ridge.
            15Her words slant into me and resonate
            16and will echo
            17for a long time.
            18For centuries maybe.

            19I don't think the sky will fall today,
            20but I need a few surprises badly.


3] The San Diego Bus Depot is at 120 West Broadway. Evidently, the Federal Building is the Edward J. Schwartz US Courthouse, 940 Front Street.

7] Marge Piercy: American feminist poet and novelist.

Online text copyright © 2004, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Ortiz, Simon J. Woven Stone. Tucson: The University of Arizona Press, 1992: 110-11.
Publication date note: Ortiz, Simon J. Going for the Rain. New York: Harper and Row, 1976: 75.
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2004
Recent editing: 1:2004/6/21

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