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Lorna Dee Cervantes
Lorna Dee Cervantes
Born in 1954, Lorna Dee Cervantes received a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award...
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FURTHER READING
Poems about Lanes
A lane of Yellow led the eye (1650)
by Emily Dickinson
As I Walked Out One Evening
by W. H. Auden
Carentan O Carentan
by Louis Simpson
Maiden Lane
by Louise Morgan Sill
The Harvest Moon
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Lane
by Edward Thomas
Related Prose
The Bond of Living Things: Poems of Ancestry
by Toi Derricotte
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Freeway 280

 
by Lorna Dee Cervantes

Las casitas near the gray cannery,
nestled amid wild abrazos of climbing roses
and man-high red geraniums
are gone now.  The freeway conceals it
all beneath a raised scar.

But under the fake windsounds of the open lanes,
in the abandoned lots below, new grasses sprout,
wild mustard remembers, old gardens
come back stronger than they were,
trees have been left standing in their yards.
Albaricoqueros, cerezos, nogales . . .
Viejitas come here with paper bags to gather greens.
Espinaca, verdolagas, yerbabuena . . .

I scramble over the wire fence
that would have kept me out.
Once, I wanted out, wanted the rigid lanes
to take me to a place without sun,
without the smell of tomatoes burning
on swing shift in the greasy summer air.

Maybe it's here
en los campos extraños de esta ciudad
where I'll find it, that part of me
mown under
like a corpse
or a loose seed.






From Emplumada by Lorna Dee Cervantes, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Copyright 1981 Lorna Dee Cervantes. Used with permission.
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