The pressure of a wheel turning on soft gravel,
a window sliding open. What sound is made
when something slips away and the hand closes
and opens on nothing but cool air in its wake?
The man stirs in the dark and sees the fog
caught in the treetops, the water beyond
just beginning to catch the light as it rises.
He’s restless, or he’s preoccupied with worry.
It begins to rain but he takes his bike
out of the garage, thinking he might follow
the distant chirping of quarry trucks to their source.
It’s early, and even the dog won’t go. Too early
for the dog; it won’t go, but watches him
pedal away in the rain to try to trace the sounds
that roused him, back to their source— not birdsong
though a restless wingbeat rises in the air, and the light
begins to catch at the edges of water. It passes
like fog through the treetops, through his hair;
it passes like a hand closing and opening. That’s
the heart missing what it wants to hold fast.
Look out the window— flicker of narrow
tires on the road; rain, soft earth, loose stones.
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.