a spoonful of dirt
a fresh plot of land parents race to colonize—
we are pocked and marred
at the hands of our makers
becoming their primitive finger painting.
we strain through the folds of skin
to find a trace
an inkling of flesh
that belongs to ourselves
yet as the skin begins to harden
we lose the chance to claim something for our own.
Lauren Kim is a writer from New Jersey who enjoys both poetry and prose. She is the junior editor of her school's two literary publications and draws inspiration from the world around her. An avid reader of classical European literature, she melds the literary voices of past and present to project her voice on themes of importance.