An elegy to queer girls who forgot their MetroCards
Tab of yellow and blue,
I hate you.
$2.75 for a ride to nowhere
Let’s go on a trip somewhere
Maybe Far Rockaway, A train
Take us away. Fingers intertwined;
Hearts beaten as / subway / leaves /
Sliding underneath the streets.
Because [redacted] plucks her metrocard
Out of her (bloodstained) heart-shaped wallet
But I don’t. Forgotten at home,
I hop over like a trapeze / artist in cirque du soleil
And enter a soleil-less world,
No use trying to get a connection from your phone.
Times shift. It is now late winter. Unstable emotions.
Honey eyes keep me in check. I use all my strength
Trying not to fall into the trap, knowing it
May do me more good to dive in,
it do you no good to wallow in sin.
Illusion / crumble / peel / skin /
Beanie / over / eyes / stop
Me / don’t / let
Me walk out alone into the snow.
I used colored pens
to hide the black and white I see.
When I open,
my history notebook,
glitter envelops me into a hug.
My hands, tainted with their congealed blood
after flipping through the pages,
for a minute. For a minute,
I thought that I saw your face
when the subway car passed by
as it left,
Maybe you'll come,
and pay me a visit.
never see you again.
hits my jacket
through the grimy windows
where I am. Where am I?
My Location On The Second Floor
of the Katz Library is
printed and stuck to the top of the ledge.
stacked haphazardly on the shelf
a strange mix of
glitter gel pen plasma and
paper tears. Paper tears
my heart open,
how is something so thin
and delicate, yet
forceful and violent.
Now we wait.
And drink tea in the process,
lavender and chamomile—
scones with lots of jam and
clotted cream. Clotted blood
tumbles out of my open wounds.
Today is Friday.
I wonder when I’ll ever see you again.
the wind at 4:44 am
At 4:44 am,
You can see the wind.
No, like really see it.
You can see it glide in between the outstretched fingertips
Of God. If she ever existed. We don’t know for sure—
But what we do know for sure surely is
We can see things we normally couldn’t
At 4:44 am.
And that scares you sometimes.
Terrifies me, even.
I ask myself
What will happen when one day
I wake up and I don’t
See the wind. Or if one day
I wake up and God—if she ever existed—went to bed
And didn’t have her fingertips outstretched in time for when the second hand straightens itself.
Sometimes I sleep through the alarm that is supposed to wake me up to gaze at the wind at 4:44
And then I wake up, infuriated.
At the alarm. At myself. At God. If she ever existed.
And I spend the entire day in a groggy haze
Often beneath the covers. I dare you to see me moving during the day. Ever.
I just cry in my bed until I run out of tears I can waste.
But I’m sure it will pass.
You know I’ve been seeing angel numbers, right?
The ones like 222 and 333 and 1111 and
You’re worried the magic of 4:44 am will be replaced with another less ethereal hour. Perhaps 11:11
pm. Or 11:11 am. Or 2:22 am, when if you look carefully, 22.2% of the population is still awake. What
I want to say is—
It’s not your fault the angels didn’t turn your volume up from its muted state.
It’s not your fault your brain cells didn’t all jump at the same time to shake you
awake. Nature is shifting, awakening from a slumber it was never in.
Universes we’ve never been a part of and never will be a part of
Are colliding. Suddenly.
Saturn is in Aquarius.
Pluto is in Capricorn.
Neptune is in Pisces.
All at once.
Do you even know what that means?
The last time Saturn was in Aquarius was during the LA Riots.
The last time Pluto was in Capricorn was during the American Revolution.
Neptune was in Pisces when Rome fell.
Our planet has always been revolving
But now it’s about to tip a bit too far.
Why are you waiting for the future
When the present is even more exciting?
Have you ever met Lao Tzu? He’s a fun guy.
He talked about this stuff often. And I used to think it all made no sense.
Back when I was young enough that I didn’t need to worry about the future.
Do you remember?
But now I realize what he was talking about. How fleeting time is,
How we must take the chance now to kiss its ambivalent lips.
Do you remember we hugged each other like the world would break apart in two the second
after We let go.
We let go.
We let go.
Just wake up and look out of your window tonight.
I know it’s hard sometimes. It’s hard to wake up. It’s hard to put your glasses on. It’s hard to sit up.
But you’ll see me then. Look out of your window.
Can you see? I’m pointing.
I hope you will be too.
About the Author: Louise Kim is a Korean-American student, author, and activist currently attending the Horace Mann School in New York City. She is a managing editor and writer for The Star Collective Zine. Louise’s work has been published in a variety of publications and magazines, including Oneul Zine, Binge Magazine, and Moon Juice Magazine. She has won two Gold Keys, six Silver Keys, and six Honorable Mentions from the Scholastic Writing Awards. In her free time, you can find Louise reading, writing, studying spirituality, advocating for social justice, listening to music, or drinking bubble tea.