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This poem is taken from PN Review 249, Volume 46 Number 1, September - October 2019.

Two Poems Jason Allen-Paisant
Walking with the Word ‘Tree’

To have money
is to have time
To have time
is to have the forests
and the trees

I look at my baby
mindsliding
in the sticky
film of the bud
rubbing her thoughts
between
fingers

and knowing the
purple lips of the
involucres in her mouth

And me    am I living
my childhood all over
again?

For her a wood will not be
        burned for fire coal
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