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Suppose it's easy to slip

               into another’s green skin,
bury yourself in leaves


and wait for a breaking,
              a breaking open, a breaking 
out. I have, before, been


tricked into believing 
              I could be both an I
and the world. The great eye


of the world is both gaze
              and gloss. To be swallowed
by being seen. A dream.


To be made whole 
              by being not a witness, 
but witnessed.



Ada Limón,

Published December 13, 2021; Photograph by Lucas Marquardt.


On July 12, 2022 Ada Limón was named the 24th poet laureate of the United States.

photo of Ada Limon
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