Emmy Pérez


-the americas
War in sun country
Lights water with orphans.
Braids sawed off. As if arms.
Pray for snow, and thistle
Blooms purple along
Roads. Amaranth grows
Beyond the harvest.
Morning sky: more meadow
Than metal. A clear-eyed orphan
With stars on her tongue,
Hiding her siblings
In the sun glow.
A soldier knows a kiss
Won’t open that mouth.

Emmy Pérez
Solstice is from Solstice (Swan Scythe Press, 2003). It originally appeared in Dánta: a poetry journal (Vol. #2), and was reprinted in The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry (University of Arizona Press, 2007).