WINTER GULLS

previously published in Snapdragon Journal

Circle,
white shrouds
against the sun.

Shout
the yellow
of rollercoasters.

Glide,
trailing clouds
on thin wings.

Reflect
shadows
petrifying minnows.

Bicker,
clawing at slivers
under broken scales.

Drop
as snowfall
smothers the land.

Chronicle
with unblinking eyes
metallic forests.

Twirl,
wraiths against
the bloodless moon.

 

ALICE

first appeared in the 2018 Hippocrates Prize Anthology

A yellow balloon drifts,
unimpressed by danger.

My sister in the river,
blue shrouding her dress,

our parents’ wails
quivering over black waves.

Ashy blossoms bloom,
shadows on green meadows.

But the balloon cavorts on,
bright and defiant.

Thunder mutes and hail floats,
the storm pauses to observe.

Clouds part, a thawing smile.
I blink frost away

and place her favorite daffodils on the grave.


A writer, violinist, photographer and athlete, HAEMARU CHUNG is currently a junior at a high school in New York City. His stories and poems have been recognized by the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, Hippocrates Young Poets Prize, Gannon University National High School Poetry Contest, Jack London Foundation Fiction Writing Contest, and William Faulkner Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, among others.  Other works have been published in many literary magazines, including Rise Up Review, The Round, Louisville Review, The Interlochen Review, and Elan