Here is the season of growing, so you are digging
somewhere in a garden, your hands turning warm
soil and putting in seed. Even those without a yard
can put up wooden boxes on their back decks
and pour sackfuls of rich brown earth. Such neat
rows, each headed by a tiny plastic triangle listing
how much water, how much shade; naming
what comes out of the harvest moons later—
heirloom tomatoes, stoplights of bell peppers,
cinnamon basil, sweet bee balm. My mother never
planned too hard about what things should grow,
or where— after chopping vegetables for stew,
she threw the seeds that clung to her hands
past the kitchen door, and months later we’d see
her thrift multiplied among the zinnias and
nasturtiums, latticed across pearled gravel.
I think of these tiny patches of almost wilderness
as a breeze stirs the tulip tree from top to bottom
and my heart picks its way among detritus of fallen
blossoms, their deep pink underbellies and the four-
fingered green of leaves like hands smoothed
open, ready to catch what might fall from the sky.
In response to an entry from the Morning Porch.
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.