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Emilie Lygren

Emilie Lygren is a poet, naturalist, and outdoor educator whose work emerges from the intersections between scientific observation and poetic wonder. Her first book of poetry, What We Were Born For, was chosen by the Young People’s Poet Laureate as the February 2022 Book Pick for the Poetry Foundation. She lives in California, where she wonders about oaks and teaches poetry in local classrooms. Her website is
This poem by Emilie Lygren invites us to relax our vigilance—just for a moment.