I was a rose, or something else
blasted loose; I was a peony,
a morbid pink surrender. On the way
to the outhouses, there was a wall
that breathed with a thousand
filaments of green. When I inquired
about the names of streets, I was met
with a blank stare. Down by the docks,
a keening rose in the air; it issued
from inside columns made entirely
of thick buzzing wings. I found
bombed fragments: pieces of blue
and yellow tile, a half-moon’s
metal stare. The door to what might
have been a bedroom, the page
of a calendar still stuck to it
with a remnant of tape. Walls
with daisy chains of bullet holes.
A house beam in the shape of a wing,
a curling fern, a serpent’s severed tail.
In response to Via Negativa: Bygone.
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.