“…who caught and sang the sun in flight” ~ Dylan Thomas
Redundant rain, then mist, then fog—
and finally I want to pour out what I have left:
grief’s worn beads in my pockets, their weight, their
exaggerated rattle when I walk; their bloat, their
abacus of stain, regret, omission— Hear me say
goodbye, adios, dasvidaniya as the escalator
ascends into the dark nave of the station,
into the transit corridors that let out where
neon signs indifferently flash the name of this stop.
Suffering, said the old masters, painting the horse
tethered to the tree— Suffering is the itch
that stings more exquisitely than the mayfly’s sting,
high on the hind leg of the animal where he cannot reach.
Every time I hear someone use the word “journey,” I
don’t quite know, therefore, whether to laugh or cry—
You and I, so solitary, and yet so similar in our yearning:
it’s unseemly though, you must agree, when this word
names all struggles equal. I shift to one side,
gravity the motor beneath that pulls everything back,
origins married to the same gravitas
from which I want so dearly to lift,
to buoy, inhabit some tenable version of
harbor, hospice, heaven. Is this foolishness?
Evening falls. The air, cooled by rain,
lends columns on the avenue a soft,
intuitive aspect, as if they knew
grief’s coin, surrendered at the stile, eventually
hollows in the large, anonymous collection—
The ticket is returned; the traveler may pass.
In response to thus: small stone (220) and Via Negativa: Mr. P.'s Poetry.
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.