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.

Grace Qing


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 pouty pillows 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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