by Cassandra Pereira
I don’t even care if a dog peed here
I think as I nestle myself
into the base of this tree
making a nest of it
not like a bird
not like a dog
but like a human.
Blades of grass lush around my legs
I get lost in the tiny world they shade
discovering that dear sight—I forgot
how I love it, have missed it:
a broken bit of leaf
conspicuously on the move.
I’ve read an ant will pilgrimage
to feed the queen;
2,000 each way I travel today
to feel the Earth
a long journey
a long while beating my feet hard
against all the unyielding concrete
between my door and this moment.
Cassandra Pereira is a writer, artist, and creativity coach with degrees in creative writing and education, and a background in neuropsychology. Her work is dedicated to fostering peace and joy through creativity and contemplation. Ralph Almeida is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and creates in Brooklyn, NY.