One day I will write you a letter
after I have gathered enough words
I have heard
pop! pop! pop!
like little soap bubbles escaping
the animated mouths
of the women who share
pieces of gossip like bombones
in la lavandería
María Luisa Arroyo was born in Manati, Puerto Rico, and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts. She received a BA from Colby College, an MA from Tufts University, and an MFA from Pine Manor College. She is the author of Gathering Words/Recogiendo palabras (Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe, 2008). In 2014, Arroyo was named the inaugural poet laureate of Springfield, Massachusetts. She has also received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship and New England Public Radio’s Arts & Humanities Award. She lives in Springfield, Massachusetts.