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impatiens capensis by nat raum

i hate to wear orange but i can never resist

picking the jewelweed flowers which dot the green

of county riverbanks—one of five or so

drawings i’ve ever been proud of, penciled with care

into my nature journal at seventeen. around then,

i found out there might be more for me

in a mid-atlantic swamp town than starched white

polo shirts and racing for seats at an ivy league

orientation next fall. late august breezes will always

kiss the sweat on my neck like a lover who convinced

me to stay and sit a while, to listen to the babble of

deep run and the hum of the beltway carry over the

patch of asphalt i learned to drive on. but i’m not sure

they’ll ever persuade me that i shouldn’t move a muscle;

not to dream this creekbed lies literally anywhere else.


nat raum (b. 1996) is a disabled artist, writer, and genderless disaster from Baltimore, MD. They’re a current MFA candidate and also the editor-in-chief of fifth wheel press. Past and upcoming publishers of their writing include Olney Magazine, perhappened, CLOVES, and trampset. Find them online:

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