A Navigation in Mahogany
The cat’s collar strikes a dissonant tune with the water bowl
chiming six hours until time stops.
My sock catches on a lone nail jutting out of the floorboards
a jagged tooth.
The house sighs a hot mahogany-laced breath
sending the dust collecting on its window sills
spilling into hallways strangled with what was.
Yet I can dance across the eraser shavings stuck in the carpet
for the hour is mine.
And the walls stop breathing.
Lauren Cho is psyched to be featured in Sandpiper! She fell in love with writing in the second grade, and has not stopped since. When not reading or writing, Lauren enjoys acting, playing the trumpet, competing in humorous interpretation speech and horsing around with her friends.