"Yet her own situation could not help
finding its place in her thoughts.”
Like a backpack, miniscule burdens
you carry around with you.
Which is okay generally,
these lacerations of the day.
It’s more like an effort at love (to embrace the day, errors,
To be doing your best
amid different shapes of lacerations.
The minor degradations are a modest sacrifice
to be a solid and a thinking and a living one.
You can take more of it.
—- Emily Bludworth de Barrios
Emily Bludworth de Barrios’s poems have recently appeared, or are forthcoming, in H_NGM_N, Tender, The Pinch, UCity Review, The Hollins Critic, and elsewhere. Emily was born in Houston and raised in Egypt, the United States, and Venezuela; she currently lives in Houston. Find her online at emilybludworthdebarrios.tumblr.com.
Selections from Extraordinary Power can be read at B O D Y, Clinic, ILK, Matter, and SPECS.
Cover illustration by Bri Hermanson.