Lament

I will tell my heart to change lodgings” ~ D. Bonta

Nothing in the world stays still.
Nothing in the world moves fast enough.
All night the lights from passing cars arc across house windows.
The girl with a limp who sells hot peanuts at the end of the road
has gone to sleep. Her mother is playing cards with a vengeance
to win back a debt from the neighbor. The older sister
whose husband perished in the January ambush in Maguindanao
is nursing a teething baby. When the soldiers take off
their fatigues, shine their shoes, clean their guns,
many of them look so young, like boys. My journalist friend
abducted more than seven years ago near the bread store
and the elementary school is still missing. On Sundays,
with other women volunteers my other friend boils yams
in iron cauldrons to feed hundreds of children
displaced from their communities by all this fighting.
From rainforests, under cover of night, loggers
take down old wood, mahogany, pine wood, heartwood—
what will they make: furniture? church doors? coffins?
Nothing in the world stays still.
Nothing in the world moves fast enough.

 

In response to Via Negativa: Jing Ting Mountain.

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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