Cool hand on the glass,
warm breath fogging the pane,
I watch you through a maze
of machines and monitors,

your tiny heart beating so fast,
trying to keep up in a world
you weren’t ready to enter.

The nurse says little boys
don’t fight as hard
as little girls to survive.
Not sure why that is; don’t care.

Before me lives a prizefighter,
a classic champion, ready
to throw a knockout punch,
all five and half pounds
settled in the swing.

Cristine A. Gruber has work published and/or scheduled to appear in: North American Review, Writer’s Digest, Writers’ Journal, 3 Cup Morning, The Bread of Life, California Quarterly, Ceremony: A Journal of Poetry and Other Arts, The Endicott Review, Evangel, Feelings of the Heart, Fredricksburg Newsletter, The Funny Paper, Haiku Headlines, Haiku Hippodrome, The Homestead Review, The Iconoclast, India-USA Punjabi English Magazine, Iodine Poetry Journal, Lucidity Poetry Journal, LUMMOX, Miller’s Pond, Mother Earth International JournalNorthwoods Journal, Nuthouse Magazine, The Oak, Offerings, OnTheBus, Orbis, PKA’s Advocate, Pegasus, The Penwood Review, Poem, Poesy, The Poet’s Art, The Poet’s Haven, The Poet’s Pen, Poetry Depth Quarterly, Quantum Leap, Ruah, Shadow Poetry, Shemom, The Shepherd, Silver Wings, Small Brushes, St. Joseph’s Messenger, Sofa Ink Quarterly, The Storyteller Magazine, Superior Christian News, Thema, To God be the Glory, and WestWard Quarterly.

Awards include several Honorable Mentions in the Annual Writer’s Digest Competition held each May. Her work has been honored in both the Inspirational Writing Category as well as the Poetry Category. Additionally, she has been a featured poet in Writer’s Digest for National Poetry Month. Her first full-length collection of poetry, Lifeline, was released by Infinity Publishing and is available from Amazon.

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