Filipina wins eco-poetry award from the Resurgence Poetry Prize 2015


“I begin again with the smallest number.”  Naomi Shibab Nye

In a drawer I found a handful of keys,

        but could not remember which flowers

they were meant to open.

I kept as still as possible,

hoping to hear the answer

before the ice melted.

Not only in the amphitheater are there trials:

keep a strong heart and do not be distracted

if it should stop raining roses.

One morsel of bread,

and the dying prisoner

remembers his name.

What flood might a cupful of water unleash?

Winged creatures search in the absent grass

     for treasure, a diligence rewarded by the sun.

Luisa A. Igloria


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