My Grandma Told Me Oncehttps://i0.wp.com/barrenmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/F5B5CB01-5163-414B-A822-8F8F7773FABA.jpeg?fit=4032%2C3024&ssl=140323024Stephen BriseñoStephen Briseñohttps://i0.wp.com/barrenmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Stephen-Briseño-Headshot-e1539006669384.jpeg?fit=96%2C96&ssl=1
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,
Stephen Briseño is a poet, photographer, and middle school English teacher. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Memoir Mixtapes, 8Poems, formercactus, Bone & Ink Press, and Right Hand Pointing. He lives in San Antonio with his wife and daughter, where you can usually find them lounging at a coffee shop.