Wax Poetry and Art Magazine #1 –

"Where Pearls Lay" by Ariel Zhang


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Published May 1st, 2023

Under 25 Poetry Contest #3 – First Place

Where Pearls Lay

by Ariel Zhang
(San Jose, California, United States)

we are fractals of invisible things.

we bend, we fold,
we curl at the touch of water.
our lungs reek of carrion,
we breathe in our ancestor's towers
and the ghosts that reside there.

the girl who retched honey in glass jars
is still years to be.

and one day you will ask me
is that how we're all bound to die,
and there will be nothing left for me to do
but look into your sand-set eyes
and watch the ocean floor fissure.

Ariel Zhang was never loud while growing up, and writing has always been her way of talking. Through poetry, she is discovering the endurance and magic of words to truly act as a bridge between people, and to build each other up by bonding over both mutual vulnerability and strength. Along the way, Ariel has met some extraordinary individuals who continue to inspire her every single day.

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