Pilot & A Poem Written During A Pause

Pilot by Thomas Choi, Honorable Mention, Drawing and Illustration, 10th Grade, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts high School

Pilot by Thomas Choi, Honorable Mention, Drawing and Illustration, 10th Grade, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts high School

A Poem Written During a Pause (2015 Silver Key, Poetry)

By Sophia (YiRui) Lao, 11th Grade, Hunter College High School

The fairground is dotted with a kaleidoscopic arrangement of tents
Strings of tea lights hug the canopies and throw
Watery shadows onto the faces of girls in pastel dresses and their dates with
Their palms pressed against the smalls of backs
It’s a scene out of the coloring book of a child with a disregard for lines
I’m a girl in a pastel dress and you have your palm pressed against the small of my back
Our faces are tilted upwards at a velour expanse
Encrusted with blistering stars
Lips softening into smiles, softening into the curvature of the moon

It became impossible to determine whether we were in flight or if it was just
The Earth falling beneath us but
There was no denying our fragility
We ride the carousel with eyes closed
We’re smears of galaxy behind each other’s lids and we want to focus on
Just that until we can open our eyes again and
Find ourselves draped in
Dawn rising in a low hum
It’s our pause
Between years and
Strangers and
Continents
We live in the future past,
Our lungs filling with moondust as
We land on the eighth
And final
Continent

This entry was written by NYC Scholastic Awards and published on March 9, 2015 at 10:32 am. It’s filed under Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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