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Hovering.Someone was breathing on her neck. At least, that's what it felt like. Something hovering around her. It had marked her as its target and was ruthlessly waiting for the opportune moment to attack. She glanced around, hoping to spot anything that would reassure her mind that she wasn't losing it. A bug, perhaps. A bug that was clearly asking to be squashed. But she only found silence. Just her still, silent classmates who were all staring up with glazed eyes at their rambling Seonsaeng.
Park Haneul heard none of it. She rarely paid attention. Easily distracted. It was her excuse for everything. That or something along the lines of: 'School is boring. How can I pay attention when there's nothing interesting to pay attention to.' In the back of her mind, she knew it was a pathetic excuse. But it was the only one that seemed to surface every time her marks came in.
This time, however, she was honestly distracted because someone was watching her. She had felt it all day. In this new place,
You Were Not An Aquarium BoySea-glass became your bones,
brine your blood, and seashells
melded into your skin.
You were not quite an ocean
when you said "This is your sign to love me."
My body was like a building;
tall, cold, almost unbreakable.
I was metallic and sharp,
towering over your waters.
I remember taking your hand in mine,
conch and coral shells scrubbing
my skyscraper wrists, and laughing
about how one day you would
submerge every last bit of me.
Your lips, riddled with argonauts,
found my cheek and I cringed
at the coarseness.
You asked if they bothered me
and I finally told you "I
think I love you."
Red Riding HoodI want to believe people so badly when they say they won’t bite
that I contemplate climbing into their smiling jaws
thinking that it might be better to be split in two than left hanging.
But always, I draw my red hood and flit back into the forest
running in the shadows of pathways, never stepping into clearings
because I’ve spent my whole life in the wilderness
and I still can’t tell the wolves from the woodsmen.
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