Four Meditations

“The tie between us is very fine, but a Hair never dissolves.” ~ Emily Dickinson


In the ceremony, the bride and groom tie identical red bracelets around each other’s wrists then trace a circle around the fire. It’s petal-strewn and everything is so brilliantly outlined in henna and in gold. Somewhere a cymbal bleats its wild and coppery refrain, and water passes through a hundred flutes of wine. We’ll raise our questions to a higher significance then grind them underfoot. Why does love walk so slowly? Why does it wind around and upon itself? Someday we will forget where silence goes in the midst of clamor and noise.

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.

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