Detail of Swamp Forest

Angelica Braaten

Roots and branches crawling from water to sky,
like hundreds of hands raised to heaven.

When does your existence end?
A silent, shadowed maze tucked away.

Baptism in a cha milk tea river,
Everything works together here.

Follow the leader into the water,
Follow the leader out of the water.

You are meant to be exactly where you are,
Connected in wonder. Don’t close your eyes.


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Bridge the Distance: An Oral History of COVID-19 in Poems Copyright © 2021 by Angelica Braaten is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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