Thursday, 25 October 2018

A poem by Katherine Wu

a couple in water

at the first point of fracture, you dived
my skin retained your red and my blue
and at the lull, i could only admire the diluted hues

although i liked learning how to drown
and you are a magnificent cesspool, your love fetters still
the thin fingers that search for something to hold

mama saw me sinking, and whispered that you might just be quicksand
a pitcher for my blood and tears
steady when the world's other oceans danced violently,

but the rippling light tells me your love is illusory
the puddles on the floor at home have no edges, only ends
so i'd like to breathe the dry air one day.

mama, i am leaving him tomorrow.
dry skin is far away,
but i am already free.

Katherine Wu is an avid lover of creative writing, and believes that writing and reading poetry is one of the best ways to discern the world around her. She is an advocate for women in STEM, and enjoys learning about the environmentalist landscape in her local and global community. She is currently a high-school senior, studying in Hong Kong.

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