Ally Li | (Pe)s(t)ilence, digital
The dark clouds roll in from above,
thundering and booming, like a restless spirit.
Ships sail across the unforgiving sea
to escape the fate that awaits.
Cannons ring through the air,
and with a bang send ships into flames,
leaving behind a trail of smoke
to fill the stale air.
Faster the ships try to go,
opening their sails to catch the changing winds,
but as the stormy clouds roll in,
the enemy gains on them.
They’ve had their fun,
playing cat and mouse.
They say, “Surrender now, and you will be spared!” Fear
rises in the air, as their hope disappears, and with their
burning ships steering the darkening seas, little white
flags begin to fly high.
Boomerang of Hope
I call upon my boomerang
To pull me out of despair
And fill me with fresh air.
The familiar figure,
Hurling through my failures,
Withstanding the howling wind
And the crashing waves of shame,
Striving to plant seeds that grow
Into dreams that bring
An extra smile to my day,
A leap of determination for my heart,
And a reason to believe in tomorrow.
In times of trouble and doubt,
I cast it away,
But it always returns no matter how far I throw it.
So people say I’m lucky
Since my boomerang never deserts me,
But this can be a pain itself
Because as I wait for it to come to my side,
I fear each time it will disappear from the horizon.
Joy Hwang | Pull, mixed media
I’ll stick to my boomerang
With feet steadfast on endurance
And be ready to catch it when it comes home.
Yunhui Shim | Flowers and Butterflies, acrylic
A Bitter Rose
The storm had sudden and convulsing motions against thy ship Her entrance into the cave placed her into a deep trance
And out appeared a bitter red rose
The girl who was torn and shattered
And the dripping rain
It fell heavily upon her pale glowing skin and overwhelmed the sea
She was awakened by the loud roar of the sea
Her confusion was resolved by the sight of the broken ship
She was a princess, one that was meant to reign
For periods to come, but in a sudden change she lost it all, struck into a trance The blinding light was shattering
And out of the cave she rose
Enchanting and gaudy she spotted the rose
The memories rushed and submerged her like the sea
And soon it would be her heart that shattered
She rested her head upon the ship
Her reality still held in a trance
And the only accompanying sound was the gentle rush of rain
She remembers when her father held an umbrella for her through the rain She remembers how her father sent her the rose
She remembers the devastation in a trance
The soldiers all motionless spread vast like the sea
It was by her mother’s ship
That she had escaped, with her reality shattered
Her perfect world along with it was shattered
The louder became the rain
Although wreckage damaged the ship
She had the one lonely and magical rose upon her
With the sudden touch she was transported into the sea
Fallen into a trance
A sprinkle of magic here and there swayed her into a trance
The light appeared through the stained glass shattered
With the gentle touch of her mom she was lifted by the sea
The gift blessed her with the falling rain
All contained within the charming rose
Treasure and necessities overflowed the ship
She fell out of the trance
The sudden stop of the rain
She was her world now, though jaded and scattered
She was Princess Rose
She was ruler of the sea
And the ship finally sailed
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