You are [found] in
cherry blossom trees / heron bird flight /rib-
bon of night / space between stairs / rose
orchid bloom / swirled wood grain / limb of
laughter / lavender nectar / tadpole pond /
golden wheat / water smooth stones / blue
breezed ripples / paint brush stroke / fire
toke / lilted tongue / sun strewn dust / salt
shake spill / origami fold / daylight moon /
When I construct you
meet you safe in redwood shade
your body breathes a wingspan
Added: Thursday, June 16, 2022 / Used with permission. Originally appeared in Obsidian Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora.
Michal ‘MJ’ Jones is a poet & parent in Richmond, CA. MJ serves as the Editor-In-Chief of Foglifter Press, a premier journal publishing trans and queer writers. They received their MFA in Creative Writing – Poetry from Mills College. They founded & facilitate Litany!, a monthly workshop for a cohort of Black queer poets. Their debut poetry collection HOOD VACATIONS is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in January 2023, and their chapbook SOFT ARMOR will be released by Nomadic Press in February 2023. Learn more about Michal by visiting their website.