Cento for Water

There is a river under this poem
              pouring out of every orifice
from the smallest cradle of dew.

Melody spilling from my ears.

The water understands
              persistence & insistence.

Take it from the tears of the poets.

When we’re sure of nothing,
              trust they might know something
about the flesh and the soul.

What I mean to say is
            we are not unspectacular things.




[Source text: Robert Hedin, Fady Joudah, Adam Clay, Ross Gay, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Peter Twal, Kate Tempest, Wislawa Szymborska, Naomi Shihab Nye, Li-Young Lee, Bao Phi, Ada Límon]

Gabriela Igloria

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