Fall 1988 • Vol. X No. 4 PoetryOctober 1, 1988 |

Golden Colt Ranch

We never got as far as Mexico, our dream of saffron cliffs and maguey running to the blue Gulf, but here in the chaparral hills over our arid valley there is little difference—aguacate greens the steps above our ruinof a house. The arroyo is dry. The dry frogs shriek at a lake of stars. I remember how Jaime Duarte told us once in catechism that he'd seen Jesus floating in the dark sky, a soft light above his house. The priest kept him after class for a long time. That's all there was to it. Sometimes a coyote yips in the high brush, sometimes a light in the sky shivers, breaks, dies hissing. Down in the live oak stand there are cool piles of leaves to lie on, and Christ's peace seems as plausible as bread or water or starlight, so we lie down in the shadows waiting in the darkness to be filled.

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Frank X. Gaspar is an American poet, novelist, and professor of Portuguese descent. His most recent novel is Stealing Fatima (Counterpoint press, December, 2009). His collection of poetry, Night of a Thousand Blossoms (Alice James Books, 2004) was one of twelve books honored as the "Best Poetry of 2004" by Library Journal. His most recent collection of poems is Late Rapturous, from Autumn House Press.

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