The shadow of my head reflected by the window behind me appears on the railing beside my feet. A south wind slams the corncrib door.


  1. Postcard

    Some days the sun shines high from its balcony but not unkindly, like the hostess at a party scattering good luck coins and candy to the children gathered below. You used to cut my hair in the garden: I sat on a stool under the guava tree, with an embroidered towel fastened around my neck. Fringed across the forehead, my hair never grew past my shoulders. When the ends began to curl like upturned fingers against my shoulders, it was time to trim. The shadow of my head reflected in the kitchen window behind, or appeared on the railing. When you were done you shook the shorn locks from my nape, the flocked towel like a matador’s cape. One night you woke me from sleep and carried me on your back, walking through thigh-high grass. Where did we go? I do not remember, only that a south wind slammed the corncrib door. I open and close my hands. Sometimes I find a wispy hair, or a sweet; sometimes a coin whose currency has dulled, but not its glimmer.

    ~ Luisa A. Igloria
    01 02 2011

  2. Didn’t get to the morning porch until later this afternoon, Dave. I blame it all on the food coma, post-Korean lunch– hubby’s treat to the fam!

    1. No problem.

      I wasn’t sure whether, in the forced concision of my post, I effectively communicated what was happening: that a shadow cast onto the window was being sort of projected onto the railing. It’s a common enough sight but surprisingly difficult to get across in words. I see you avoided the problem altogether with an either/or!

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