Amid these tangled
woodlands threaded through
and damped with creeks,

deep satisfaction at the sight
of vines climbing up the sides
of each abandoned building,

the sturdy saplings’ relentless
upward push that cracks
concrete, lifts shingles

from between old trusses,
reclaiming space to breathe,
a share of light.

In response to/inspired by Luisa A. Igloria’s “Elegy in Ideograms” and an entry from the Morning Porch.

Laura M Kaminski (Halima Ayuba) grew up in Nigeria, went to school in New Orleans, and currently lives in Missouri. She serves on the editorial teams of Praxis Magazine Online (Nigeria) and Right Hand Pointing (USA). Her most recent poetry collection is Anchorhold, and The Heretic’s Hymnal: 99 New and Selected Poems, is forthcoming from Babylon Books / Balkan Press in 2018. More about her poetry is available at arkofidentity.wordpress.com.

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