trickling down my back A water droplet shaping its lifeline the same as the worm on my hook molds its last moments.
sunbeam, sunfish open water suggesting freedom in Jane Eyre now air over waves suggest runways for eagles to steal sunfish into captivity into carcass.
boat motor murmurs collections of mysteries beneath lily pads and water bugs stirring up a mirror in which i do not see myself.
stray leaf wisps falling, with sun-streaked veins, a dragonfly lands sensing security on what falls sending rings creating a kaleidoscope of ray reflections retreating back onto my sunscreen-bathed skin sleek, slippery lending hand to A water droplet’s retreat
falling as a leaf into a kaleidoscopic home shining a reflection i do not see
Lili Ann, adopted from Virginia, is a Vietnamese undergraduate student based in Wisconsin working towards a B.S. in Elementary Education with minors in both Early Childhood and Musical Theatre. She enjoys composing poetry and music while primarily focusing her work on the impact mental health has on an individual as well as the human experience in general. Her work can been seen in the inaugural issue of Burning Jade.