growth when i do not recognize my hands / when i am

no longer planted / when standing is a staircase

much too steep / i write down my limits / revise,

reach / bones liquified / i gather my roots/

place palm to cheek / what house have we built

when earth turns to ash? / i packed up my things, left my

grief in the sink / stitched up my

body with needle and thread / like icarus, flown

too close to the sun / i leapt, with melted remains,

undone / ruined, it was then i recall, i

remembered / weeds that grow between

concrete cracks / that every drought holds a

single blade of grass / that diamond is coal

baptized in fire /


and home is a resurrection dance

sojourner brown