Grace Qing is a junior at Monta Vista High School and serves on her school's literary magazine, La Pluma. She writes as a necessity to express her voice and is passionate about Asian passivity, unseen barriers, and the teenage voice.
Crimson returns, Marvin Gaye
croons forgotten melodies
a forbidden harmony
It happened so soon; you took me so soon.
strewn across cold blunt marble
flesh chaperoned by late night crumbs
of your mother's cookies
a familiar tune
running through muddled memories
The ballad starts at age five
azure eyes and newfound duets
amongst sticky hands of recess dirt
Scarlet is aria —
you are sixteen.
Your flirty flesh skirts; just for fun, you say.
I keep silent, but you listen most to the unsung
I sing red hot accelerando
you push me in glissando until my voice is your own
an elegy to playground fun
Ruby floods in lost hope
just an etude; you murmur in allegro thrusts
I lose myself in the music.
Your mother's kitchen table
doesn't hit adagio anymore
All that choruses
sing angel coda.
"Aria" explores first friendships and bitter lasts; trust evolves to a different language as individuals begin to fall out of harmony. Inspired by the unforgotten but eclipsed violations of trust, "Aria" attempts to catalyze dialogue of social stigmas and following of the status quo.
Glass: A Journal of Poetry is published monthly by Glass Poetry Press.
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