My great great great grandmother Catherina Mikkelsdotter was born in 1776
In Ostrobothnia, Finland, in the kingdom of Sweden
home to the common swift, the common whitefish.
She married Eric Andersson Utter there, both born in the beautiful month of May,
and when she died in 1838
that same spot of land was
The Russian Empire.
Perhaps this is why
her children and grandchildren crossed borders
and oceans to plant themselves
in a landscape of rock and water, pines
and deer, where they would yearn
for their homeland
in much the same way
that she did.
Julia Klatt Singer