Boundless

by Karen Wu, age 14
Boundless Karen is from Los Angeles, California. She loves to read and write. Some of her favorite books are "The Joy Luck Club," "The Kite Runner," "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe," and "Pachinko."

“The sky is an endless path for Apollo to trek / his glorious reign flushes my face”

The sky is an endless path for Apollo to trek

his glorious reign flushes my face


I promise myself I can do anything

as the strings binding me unwind

flying with blue kites

chasing down Apollo


New leaves grow on hedges

peeking into the world

when autumn returns

the gardener will drive back

and they will fall like snow

barely given a chance


But I promise myself the moon is touchable

as I watch it slip away

staying shielded by tickling grass

The dark lit up by a thousand little fires


I wait

for a reason to drop from Apollo’s chariot

into my open palms

Why?

and if not, then raindrops

to hide my tears


Autumn comes and touches my face

with burning leaves stumbling towards their demise


Smile, child, she whispers

I’ll prove you can do anything

and I’ll put on a porcelain smile

knowing Apollo is tired too

stepping forwards, waving goodbye


to an endless season


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