Marrow Spoon

I read there is a small
silver spoon whose sole
purpose is to plunge

into the depths of a bone
that’s been boiled for supper
and thereby extricate for you

the wobbly column of marrow—
It looks something of a cross
between a miniature spade and

half of a bird’s long beak,
and guarantees that every part
of the animal can be consumed.

How thoughtful of the silver-
smith to add such an implement
to the set: to have prescience

of things we’ll need even before
they become needs, to be so sure
desire will want to go that

far. Does anyone still sell
hooks and eyes, those tiny
pairs of shaped wire pulled

into assistance when buttons
and snaps and zippers aren’t
enough? When I was eight,

a doctor declared one of my
legs shorter than the other,
insisting my parents take me

for a fitting, for a pair
of ugly orthopedic shoes.
At the shoemaker’s, we looked

around at all the prosthetic
legs with leather platforms;
their metal braces, the smell

of something sad limping around
the room. My father turned on
his heel and we followed.

An inch, a half an inch: nothing,
he believed, that a regular diet
of bone broth couldn’t fix.

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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