Urban Tableau by Louise Kim

we snack on cashews

and peeled pear slices

from ziploc bags

we sit in riverside

park and watch the

teens skateboard we

think about the past

and scream fuck and 

laugh and feel in our

hearts that the world 

is so real and so fake

at the same time.

we meander and flop

like a fish in the sky

or a sky in the fish.

and isn’t it all so 

perfectly blue today?

let’s go to book culture

and live vicariously 

through the books

we hold lovingly,

wishing for a chance

to afford them one day. 

one day… oh hey,

your shoelaces are 

untied— here, let me 

get them for you.

Louise Kim is a Korean American student at the Horace Mann School in The Bronx, NY. Their writing has been published in a number of publications, including Brown Sugar Lit, Green Ink Poetry, Gypsophila Zine, The WEIGHT Journal, and Panoply Zine. Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. In their free time, Louise enjoys practicing archery, studying French, developing her spiritual practice, and reading and writing.

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