Above the tree line, a cloud bank edged in indigo.
Once, a woman unrobed to show the scars she bore as she ran down a road long ago, a child with her mouth open, ash falling from the sky.
Water thunders in every ditch. A freight train wails.
Ships have disappeared into the sea, tugboats, frailer craft. An airport is submerged in water.
So still, as if the world were tensing for another blow.
The ground is mostly bare again. The wind is salted with fine flakes.
And if time is the enemy, what is the name of the wind that blows
fine sand into my eyes?
Poised in the hollow of the wave, the fishermen huddle. You could count their heads, smooth like beads on an abacus or a prayer chain.
And after the blows, the softening.
The gnarled parts often contain water, hardened through the years.
So you say you know the Chinese character for “squander”— but I want to know first what there is to spend.
A hand raised in greeting is a cup, a well, an oasis.
And yes, every poem is about love.
Scientists tell us there are fine tremors in the earth every day that we do not even feel.
Think of so many of these in any given moment, especially the ones that feel completely still.
—Luisa A. Igloria
03 11 2011
In response to today’s Morning Porch entry.
Poet Luisa A. Igloria (Poetry Foundation web page, author webpage ) is the winner of the 2015 Resurgence Prize (UK), the world’s first major award for ecopoetry, selected by former UK poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion, Alice Oswald, and Jo Shapcott. She is the author of What is Left of Wings, I Ask (2018 Center for the Book Arts Letterpress Chapbook Prize, selected by Natasha Trethewey); Bright as Mirrors Left in the Grass (Kudzu House Press eChapbook selection for Spring 2015), Ode to the Heart Smaller than a Pencil Eraser (Utah State University Press, 2014 May Swenson Prize), Night Willow (Phoenicia Publishing, 2014), The Saints of Streets (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2013), Juan Luna’s Revolver (2009 Ernest Sandeen Prize, University of Notre Dame Press), and nine other books. She is a member of the core faculty of the MFA Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University which she directed from 2009-2015. In 2018, she was the inaugural Glasgow Distinguished Writer in Residence at Washington and Lee University. When she isn’t writing, reading, or teaching, she cooks with her family, knits, hand-binds books, and listens to tango music.