Washing up

After we wiped down the length
of where we sat to eat at the table,

we took the stack of dishes to wash
at the “dirty kitchen,” a sink

set into a cement counter out in the yard.
Under moonlight, it was pleasant to talk

and make soapy circles on the melamine plates
then rinse them. Trickle of water from the tap;

or, dunk them all in a larger basin filled
with rainwater. Under the honeysuckle vines

the rest of the world then seemed something
that could still be kept at bay. Who knows

when it turned, or how long the watchful trees
continued to take tally as we carried damp

kitchen towels and armfuls of clean circles
back into the house, ready for use once again?


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.

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