You turned my wailing into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy…
~ Psalm 30
And you slicked the roofs with a shimmer of rain,
and the trunks of trees with the green of lichen.
Even the reeds that bent from the weight
of passing winds lent their sheen to the earth.
Who was I to send up my voice through the hollow,
who was I to run the flag of my sorrows up the pole?
Yesterday brought news of friends’ deaths.
And yesterday couriers left parcels at the door.
Every morning the small brown birds forage in the yard:
their industry steady, with no real expectation of return.
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.