He goes to every Lost and Found desk
in the building the day he finds
his car keys missing, and can hardly
believe how many fobs and key rings
and lanyards there are, like toys
someone forgot to take in from
the sandbox. But his is not among them.
He will go back every day for a week,
maybe two, to check on whether someone
has turned it in; after which it will
cease to matter as much anymore. With every
passing day, it seems the column on one side
marking losses grows longer than the column
on the other side listing possessions. A parade
of eyeglasses and eyeglass cases, half
a country of missing socks. The buckles
and buttons from beloved shirts, the cat
running into the street as soon as no one
is looking. The children leave, one after
the other. Years later, there is only the lake,
the reflection of mountains in them. Then even
the mountains disappear, or he from them.
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.