Unlikely fortunes

If leave your shoes by the house post,
they may be uprooted along with the ferns.

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Grandmother says you will become a lawyer.
You will become a lawyer.

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A barking dog knows only one song.
That is why the stars are superior.

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Like overnight wealth, grass multiplies
in wide swales with hidden pockets of rain.

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Interfering with tyrants
can lead to a change of landscape.

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Always make airline reservations at the counter
where attendants wear the identical shade of lip color.

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There are no guarantees of refunds, but trust someone
to leave a wire cage under the bridge for ducks.

 

In response to Via Negativa: Leveler.

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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