The Good Life
by Bobby Byrd, from On the Transmigration of Souls in El Paso (Cinco Puntos Press, 1996)
—after playing basketball on Tuesday night
Down at the Pine Knot Junior
on Yandell Street
the Mexican lady says,
You got pretty eyes.
I believe anything she says.
Muchas Gracias. Yo te amo.
She laughs and blushes.
She sells me and my friends
Big Boys of Beer
—16 oz. of Busch or Old Milwaukee
in a mason jar for 80 cents each.
On the TV the Braves play the Astros.
Jose Cruz is an old man.
So is Nolan Ryan.
So am I.
So are most of my friends.
It's almost October, and nobody cares.
The Astros were done for last month.
We sit outside instead.
The sun goes down over the mountain.
Saturn is hung right next to the moon
between two pink clouds and the twilight blue sky.
Yeah, that's right.
Texas is like this sometimes.
Not all the time.
And that is usually enough.
Bobby Byrd is the author of numerous books of poetry including Pomegranates, Get Some Fuses for the House, On the Transmigration of Souls in El Paso, and The Price of Doing Business in Mexico, White Panties, Dead Friends & Other Bits & Pieces of Love and his most recent, Otherwise My Life is Ordinary. He and his wife Lee are the publishers and owners of the El Paso-based Cinco Puntos Press.
Thanks to Humanities Texas.