“Mi Luz”

La luz brilliante
presents itself
as a thousand
dizzying beams.

Unwrapping
from my abdomen
my tiny universe
wails with existence.

Figuras familiares
stick to my eyelids
praising and
welcoming
my soul in
repose.

How lovely
to meet
you uncle
our grand
guardian.

Opa’s reassuring
grin reminds me
of the choice.

Stewart blood
recalls that
courage grows
strong at these
wounds.

I must stay.

The smiles
fleeting
replaced by
shuddering
limbs and
cavernous
cold.

This battle
whipping
my spirit
and testing
all that
I am.

Recognizable
rhythm
swiftly
mimics
my own.

Grounding
warmth
envelops
my weary
body
and loosens
the pull of
darkness.

Purpose
has never
had more
meaning.

You are
forever
home.

You are
perpetual
light.

-Kathryn Rose Amaro

Slide the arrows to see Then (8.24.19) vs. Now (8.24.20)

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