Muted Powder

The street lamps that fail
to expand light, within

the presence of snow, blurring
windows, like mirrors

in a bathroom after a torrid
bath, the tracing of a smiley

face over the moisture,
the genus of Rafflesia

wrung like green beans
blanched for hours,

helplessly shredding itself
with grasshoppers, an ocean

exists nearby, a young boy
caressing sand castles,

unaware of the waves
that will lick them,

or perhaps the rain could
watch the slow dissipation

of sand, coating an extra layer
above the drawing on the window.

Jaewon Chang is a high school junior living in the Philippines. His works have been recognized in the Scholastic Art & Writing awards and literary magazines like the Blue Marble Review. He enjoys solving math problems and meeting new people.

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