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CELEBRATING CREATIVE EXPRESSION AT BAYLOR SINCE 1966

Periaktoi Media Post

Volume 52
Issue 2

Single Visual Art Post

Poetry Out Loud Winner - Darya B
Darya Bajestani

It would be neat if with the New Year 

By Jimmy Santiago Baca

Recited by Darya Bajestan

For Miguel

I could leave my loneliness behind with the old year.

My leathery loneliness an old pair of work boots

my dog vigorously head-shakes back and forth in its jaws,

chews on for hours every day in my front yard—

rain, sun, snow, or wind

in bare feet, pondering my poem,

I’d look out my window and see that dirty pair of boots in the yard.

 

But my happiness depends so much on wearing those boots.

 

At the end of my day

while I’m in a chair listening to a Mexican corrido

I stare at my boots appreciating:

all the wrong roads we’ve taken, all the drug and whiskey houses

we’ve visited, and as the Mexican singer wails his pain,

I smile at my boots, understanding every note in his voice,

and strangers, when they see my boots rocking back and forth on my feet

 

keeping beat to the song, see how

my boots are scuffed, tooth-marked, worn-soled.

 

I keep wearing them because they fit so good

and I need them, especially when I love so hard,

where I go up those boulder strewn trails,

where flowers crack rocks in their defiant love for the light.