As creatures we are nothing more, or less,
than skinned river beds.
Winding the terrain, hosting, enabling, and
quickening drifters and dwellers alike.
Then, one day we take a step out.
Stretch the potential of our watered down selves
We recite our vows;
the church, a damn
The witness, the land roots
The announcement of confluence proclaimed
in the familiar sound of the wise owl’s song.
Hokis is an American poet of Armenian descent. She is senior curator of Headline Poetry & Press, a regular contributor to Reclamation Magazine, and featured in numerous anthologies. Her debut collection "Unbecoming" is a poet memoir sharing her personal rise from political trauma. You can find more about her, her published work, and Unbecoming at hokis.blog.