I think that she deserves it,
no, I really do,
she really does deserve it.
Everyday she woke up
with a long list of things to do
(and did she sleep last night?)
—checked them off
and poured through books,
working herself half-dead
with blood only still pumping through her
and her lungs still managing to expand
all because there is light on the horizon
and she will soon
be breathing Spanish air.