According to Chaos Theory, you alone can change my future. Naive enough to believe this, I press
your lips on the cityscape of mine. I dream of flight. Isn’t it fascinating, the way you don’t have to worry
about earthly desires? You are shining in this pitch-black darkness and the light caresses me.Like the butterfly effect,
your heartbeat alone can move every constellation in my eyes. Our fingers star-crossed, resistant to the violence
of reality. I’m scared of losing you. I can already sense their desire for escapism. Will you stay by my side?
Will you promise me not to fly away? Look at how our romance is intimately configured. But you
mistake complexity for randomness. My heart is still shattering on you. Your wings ready to unfurl. Like a butterfly,
take flight. My wings, fractured. I flap the ruffles of my slipdress in desperation, taking me to the outskirts of the city.
Stay, don’t go to those woods. I’m hoping that this too, is just part of the pattern. I want to be loved by your fleeting smallness.
Jessica Kim is a disabled poet. A two-time 2021 Pushcart nominee, her work appears or is forthcoming in Wildness Journal, Diode Poetry Journal, Cosmonauts Avenue, Grain Magazine, Longleaf Review, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, and more. She is the founding editor of The Lumiere Review. Find her at jessicakimwrites.weebly.com and @jessiicable.