Buddha Belly

John Brantingham
The Journal of Radical Wonder
1 min readJun 9, 2022

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Poem by Carrie Lynne Hawthorne

Illustration by Jane Edberg

we woke up
my long hair stuck
to your balmy skin
my belly big
with our son

you surprised me
with fresh lychees
you taught me to peel
the thin skin
bite the juicy flesh
avoid the poison seed

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John Brantingham
The Journal of Radical Wonder

Former Poet Laureate of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: Education. Nature. Art. Marriage. Nomading. Check out my latest books at johnbrantingham.com.