CATHERINE HOU

TASTE-TEST

i roll my tongue over this feeling
that tastes of lilac sweets, not quite
phantasmagorical, not quite fae;
transient blue, famed vindigo,
blind distortions, and through the
looking glass, i see my younger self
dancing with dragonflies.

i roll my tongue over this feeling
that tastes of thousand-year wine,
not quite vinegar, not quite refined,
hope in the brightest dreams,
and through the polaroid photos,
i see my younger self posing
for the camera; three gold medals
dangle from her neck.

i roll my tongue over this feeling
that tastes of memories that have
slipped through the cracks in time,
not quite blueberry, not quite sorrow,
soft sleep and remembered sun,
deepest waters and devoured
absence, and through the shattered
mirror, i see myself with red-rimmed eyes
and the weight of atlas’ world on my shoulders
and one question on my mind:
is this really success?


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CATHERINE HOU is a Chinese-American student and writer based in California, USA. She enjoys spending her time writing and drinking milk tea rather than attaining the recommended eight hours of sleep. A collector of words and flowers, she can be found @foldedcranes on Tumblr.