Something like the wind moved overhead, a kind of call;
so we collected ourselves, prepared to press forward again.
How long we've been on this road-- too long to remember:
travelers bonded in history by blood and circumstance.
So we collected ourselves, prepared to press forward again,
the clamor in the streets changing throughout the day.
Travelers bonded in history by blood and circumstance,
exchanging coins for bread, sinews for building stones.
The clamor in the streets changed through the day---
Rooster crow, pickaxes in the dirt, high whine of planes.
Exchanging coins for bread, sinews for building stones,
until the hills and forest line came into view.
Rooster crow, pickaxes in the dirt, high whine of planes:
receding wall of tiki torches lit with their angry glow.
Until the hills and forest line came into view,
we rode in silence. We listened to the bards and singers
douse with song those tiki torches lit with angry yellow.
A brightness streaked through the sky, gold as our hope.
We'd borne so much in silence, listening to bards and singers.
Something like the wind moved overhead, a kind of call.
Poet Luisa A. Igloria (Poetry Foundation web page, author webpage ) was recently appointed Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia (2020-2022). She is Co-Winner of the 2019 Crab Orchard Open Competition in Poetry for Maps for Migrants and Ghosts (Southern Illinois University Press, September 2020). She 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 former US Poet Laureate 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; she also teaches classes at The Muse Writers’ Center in Norfolk. 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.