Coyotes Howl in Fallbrook: The Town I Live In
By Eszter DelgadoLeaves on the ground,
Bolting forward I force my
Heavy foot forward into the weightless pile on
tan tan ground.
Leaves float in mid-afternoon
Haze.In these parts children still ride schwinn bikes.
Handlebars sawed off,
Seats lowered to the frame.If you are cool,
The tires hum
Speeding streets.In this neighborhood
It is the sound of the spokes
Firecrackers explode in metal trashcans.The sounds of sirens blow back and fourth
Echoing inside hollow clothesline poles—Where wasps begin to build long and extensive housing for their Kind. The foot drives down in
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦Eszter Delgado was brought up just east of Los Angeles in a family of seven children. “When you grow up in a neighborhood that is rooted in gang life, you become part of it, even if your parents are the best.” After graduating from high school, Eszter attended college in Humboldt County. She was the first in her family to earn a college degree, a B.A. in Art. She subsequently returned to a lively arts community in Echo Park and downtown L.A., and then went on to Claremont Graduate School and earning her M.F.A. in Art. Eszter now lives in Fallbrook, California, with her husband, two children and four dogs. She is a contracted Artist in the Schools, and soon to be, Poet in the Schools.