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©2018 Barren Magazine. An Alt.Lit Introspective.

My Grandma Told Me Once


by Stephen Briseño

Mijo, if you are to be water in a river,
be the kind that sinks deep into the soil,

that marries the roots
of live oaks on the bank,

gives breath to leaves
that will one day wither, fall,

then sail down the same river
that gave it life.

Header photograph © Jason D. Ramsey

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