Joseph Somoza


Who am I saying it to
When I’m thinking I’m
saying it,
sitting by myself?—

which is most of the time,
like now,
out here with the trees,
who may be listening,
mulling it over
inside their bark,

roots extended deep
under the ground I
walk over, going back
and forth from the house
to check something—
a word, the time, the refrigerator.

I’m mentioning this just
to give you an idea,
so you’ll know later,
when we meet.

Joseph Somoza was born in Spain, grew up in New Jersey and Chicago, and has lived the past 45 years in New Mexico, where he once taught at New Mexico State University.  He has published ten books and chapbooks of poetry, and lives in Las Cruces with wife Jill, a painter.