If we are sap-
stuck together, two
pines intertwined
in gentle branches,
it is inside
our forest
I want to be
our trajectory
up the hill.

James Croal Jackson is a Filipino-American poet who works in film production. He has three chapbooks: Count Seeds With Me (Ethel Zine & Micro-Press, 2022), Our Past Leaves (Kelsay Books, 2021), and The Frayed Edge of Memory (Writing Knights, 2017). He edits The Mantle Poetry from Pittsburgh, PA. jamescroaljackson.com

See more of his work in 10.4 and 10.4

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