Wind shear before sirens. Billow upon billow, then harbors gone under. Wasn't there a pier jutting out over water; & in the summer, people would fish there? Haze of heated suntan oils; sand fiddlers, sea- gulls blind to wind shear. Alarm of sirens: shrill whistles to clear the shore, nubbled overnight with dead jellyfish where a pier once jutted out over water. Unlike moon jellies, dead jellyfish can sting with nematocyst-studded tentacles. The rash: like a painful wind shear before skin sirens. The moon jelly, though, you can stroke—lightly, atop its bell, inside of which quiver four purply-pink flowers. Such things might be found under a rotting pier. Have you ever missed something before it's even gone? Some sense, perhaps, acts as a kind of warning—wind shear before sirens. The moon, adrift above a pier that juts out over water.
Poet Luisa A. Igloria (website) 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 was appointed Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia for 2020-22, and in 2021 received 1 of 23 Poet Laureate Fellowships from the Academy of American Poets and the Mellon Foundation. 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.