leaves. a multitude of green leaves. petals. a multitude of golden petals. green life infused with sunlight. 
you stand out. loom large with your violet streaked leaves. your sturdy stalk. your wide frame. your bright mane. 
though you are a flower, you are sometimes repellent. your function of seed-making far outweighing your allotment of petals. 
sunflower, i am afraid we are too much alike. we are not the rose, the lily, the glorious orchid. not beautiful. we are driven to survive and make seed. 
but, sunflower, we have been given a singular gift, you and i—our faces follow the sun. 
ire’ne lara silva is the author of two poetry collections, furia and Blood Sugar Canto, and a short story collection, flesh to bone, which won the Premio Aztlán. ire’ne is the recipient of a 2017 NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant, the final recipient of the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Award, and the Fiction Finalist for AROHO’s 2013 Gift of Freedom Award. A new poetry collection, CUICACALLI/House of Song, is forthcoming in March 2019.

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