Sweetest love, I do not go
anymore into dreams that are sweet with meadow,
where wind is sweetest tinged with salt from the sea
and sweeter, upland, where the dead sit wrapped in gauze
and prim as ladies passing sweets at afternoon tea.
And, sweetest love, this is why my exiled nights are spent
planning a sweet escape of my own, into the grass
where first you sweetly took me, then further afield—
the body that aches now not as supple, not even as sweet
as it used to be. What sweetened syllable could bring
the flush of coral back to the throat, sweet mottled shade
on the breast of the bird that sweetly sang and fledged
too early in the year? Sweet pang of sometimes rue: I knew delight
felt sweet and right; then woke, marked by the aftertaste of flight.
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.