• The Young and the Restless

    Tomás Q. Morín

    Fall 2022

    On the eleventh day of September, we run in circles
    on a trampoline made by the SkyBound company.

    It is a Friday and you giggle, Baby get you!
    as I let my arms go limp and my knees go high.

    In a few seconds I am the spiritual child
    of an orangutan and an octopus.

    When you point to our skin and say naranjo,
    I’ve never been so in love with citrus.

    On the eleventh day of September,
    the mesh enclosure made in southern California
    doesn’t let us fall
    when we throw ourselves into the air.

    Twenty years ago I was a new teacher
    on a different eleventh day of September.

    Tomás Q. Morín is the author, most recently, of the poetry collection Machete and the memoir Let Me Count the Ways. He is coeditor, with Mari L’Esperance, of the anthology Coming Close: Forty Essays on Philip Levine and translator of The Heights of Macchu Picchu by Pablo Neruda.

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