Knife blade in moonlight,

Stink of fear on ocean breeze,

Uncle, are you there?


His lines bold neon,

mine delicate lace. Who will

be our teacher’s pet?


Next year all alone

No Jay, Char Siu to lean on

Just a punching bag.


Letter in the mail

From Ridgemont Academy

Too afraid to open.


Shave ice tingles, bites

lips, tongue, cheeks. Strawberry frost

chills all the way down.


Black ink glides and dances,

a girl with flowing hair peeks

out. My sister? Perhaps.


Curl of wood, easy

like butter. Shave fin, tail, nose,

eye, scale. Free the fish.


Essay: pen scratches,

doodle, sketch, dream, shake, erase, erase,

sigh. Rather fly kite.


The shark gnashes, swallows,

chunks slide greasily downward,

is it all a dream?



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