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  • What the Shade of a Tree Meant in a Decade
  • Jesus Garay

Serenity from the shade after two drinks at night,a quiet universe in one driveway – the orange glowfrom a faulty light and the scattered eclipse from branchesacross the fading blacktop returning to the lonely earth

The shade meant a bastion from the truck's dustbreaking the street, the only tree left for me andmy baby nephew as I run for the bus blocks awaylike it was the final truck on a migrant worker's route

Now comes the safety of examining the shade from the edgeof the porch, watching the cherry blossom become itself.There is no one else on the block anymore, just barren sunlight,wondering who will wake up drowning with every breath [End Page 105]



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