little warrior
almost imperceptibly
from so much healing
                               how many regrown limbs
                               how many repaired organs 
even precious
               brain tissue
                               created anew
teach me this
                               little warrior
how you remain
               tender and
                               soft and eternal
                               in the face of struggle
how it is the healing
               has already begun
                               even before the wound
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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