Imagine if we woke up and forgave
ourselves for all the glasses of
milk we spilt, the shattered plates,
the shattered hearts, the impulsive
all the times our words clattered
against our teeth, came out twisted
and barbed with envy.
all the mistakes we made
because we were young
and didn’t know any better—and later,
because we did know better but still
wished to live unafraid like the young.
and all the forest fires we started
but couldn’t put out ourselves. that we
continued to let burn because we were too proud
to ask for help.
Imagine how much easier
it would be to see ourselves
in the mirror without
being swallowed by the old tides
Imagine how much softer
this shark-teeth world
Ann Liang (@notesandnovels on Instagram) is a 19-year-old aspiring writer and avid reader who’s spent her life moving back and forth across the sea between China and Australia.