"Wherever I turn, wherever I look..."
~ C.P. Cavafy
It rains every afternoon now. Then flash
floods at intersections. Parked cars can float
away on just three inches of water. The middle
of the underpass on Colley Avenue fills up
like a stoppered sink before it slowly drains.
Meanwhile the sea isn't concerned about bottled
water or bread and eggs, or clean sentences
that will hopefully withstand the test
of time. Can language, can the words I am
always trying to pour into a poem lie down
with someone and whisper in her ear
it's alright, I'll always take care
of you? Though nothing we do will ever
be enough, we take coolers with sandwiches
and a checkered blanket to the beach.
We let the children run into the foam,
then pack wet sand into plastic pails. Four
molds connected by walls can make a fortress.
One of the turrets is a lookout, like those
with a narrow spiral staircase you could climb
to get to the top. From there, turning around,
sky so bright, you'd think the world went on and on.
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.