Furled tufts of red pop
at the tip of every maple branch
bright against a clouded sky.
I know there's blue
stretching above that white ceiling
even when I can't see it,
I know beyond our thin atmosphere
we're cradled in the vastness of space.
Even when I feel stuck in my skin
in the seclusion of social distancing
cloaked in mask and gloves
unable to touch
the maple and I are breathing together
(you and I are breathing together)
even when I feel apart.