How do you heal a family?

How use the water of love to germinate new growth;

Graft on eyes, accents, histories,

Moisten presence, warm breath, move beyond words

To shared experience, memories like flowers

Unfurled above new-tangled corporeal roots,

Fragrance living in conjoined minds

Long after the sere petals drop away.

How do you open the door?

How do you close the distance?

— Lauren Otis

Lauren Otis is a writer and artist who lives and works in Trenton, New Jersey.

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