Let us fold the scarves of affliction
into small squares and put them in the drawers.
Let the morning part its curtains
to find winter cleared for spring.
Let the sorrow that knelt all these years
at the foot of your bed tire of its vigil
and long for the white sweep of coast,
the naked cliffs, the noise of ravenous
seagulls. Let it walk through the village’s
winding lanes with no more fixed destination.
Let the bright bewilderment of flowers stop it
in its tracks, and the smell of yeast teetering
on shelves of sugar. Let the horse in the field
turn its head, and fish in the stream scatter
their mottled, careless gold. Let the future
write of its hopeful past. Let it coax the worm
that burrowed blindly in your bones for years,
to find a different ocean from which to call to god.
In response to Via Negativa: Taking pains.
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.