[Mistaking Ground for Feet] by Olivia Hu & what we became: two wolves crawling towards the streetlight shadows of Texas, thinking the concaves hid something we could find. I was starved & you were more desperate than ever, plastering to walls in an attempt to home yourself within something. Meanwhile, America is becoming part ghost & we are listening to her fingers, her nails pulling bodies out of her body. City half bandaged, we are stumbling & afraid. I cannot unclench my fist from the shape of a bullet. O promised land O freedom I know we are animals. The neighbourhood fences keep us out. In America’s bared teeth there are 52 stars & I’m clawing each one open to find our names.
Olivia Hu is the Editor-In-Chief of Venus Mag and author of chapbook Ocean’s Children (Platypus Press, December 2016). Her work is forthcoming or has been published in Red Paint Hill, Eunoia Review, Cadaverine, Track Four, and more.