Tiny green leaves fall from the outspread
tips of the mother. She is called Mother
of Thousands because everything that lurches
is launched into its new life apart. They dig
into the soil; for what might seem a century
or what might seem merely a day, they become
accustomed to this new feeling of being re-sown.
Does anything still anchor them to their origins?
There doesn't seem to be any real danger where
they've begun to take root—at least not the kind
that bares fangs or takes heads. The stones are small
and uniform in shape and size. The light sets
and rises several times a day. Their tiny ears
tremble at the trickle of water that comes from above.
The sky is the color of gesso board: barren and
flat, untroubled by any need to divide or multiply.
Poet Luisa A. Igloria (Poetry Foundation web page, author webpage ) is Co-Winner of the 2019 Crab Orchard Open Competition in Poetry for her manuscript Maps for Migrants and Ghosts, forthcoming from Southern Illinois University Press in fall 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. 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.