On Stoner Drive

Palms taller than power poles
that yield neither dates
nor the thinnest shadows
to take refuge in
stand in crooked but perfect
uselessness. And yet,
nothing is more sensitive
to the least breath of wind
on the cool morning of a day
that will scorch us—
or deft enough
to catch the light,
tossing it from frond to frond
like a juggler
who can keep knives in the air
with his eyes closed.
Don Thompson is San Joaquin fauna who has been writing about the Valley for over fifty years. For more info and links to his books, visit his website at www.don-e-thompson.com.

Photography by Fabrice Poussin