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HELEN (HANYU) L

Vacation by Rita Dove   I love the hour before takeoff, that stretch of no time, no home but the gray vinyl seats linked like unfolding paper dolls. Soon we shall be summoned to the gate, soon enough there’ll be the clumsy procedure of row numbers and perforated stubs—but for now I can look at Read more…

HELEN HANYU L

  Cloudy Days   I remember the clouds on that day being especially low in the sky. Pressing down, covering the little world I knew with an ashy gray. The trees rustling in the distance disrupted the silence fogging up the football field. The warm uncut grass itched my skin as we sat there with our Read more…

HELEN HANYU L

  The Boast by Rita Dove   At the dinner table, before the baked eggplant, you tell the story of your friend, Ira, how he kept a three-foot piranha in his basement.   “It was this long,” you say, extending your arms, “And it was striped, with silver scales and blue shadows.”   The man Read more…

HELEN (HANYU) L

  The Twenty-Six Miles’ March   Athenian hoplites, heavily armed foot soldiers of ancient Greece, marched with dignity and pride resting on their shoulders towards the battle that changed the ancient world – the Battle of Marathon. The opposing side, the Persians, also had all their honor and pride at stake. Both sides marched earnestly towards Read more…

HELEN (HANYU) L

A Wish’s Journey   It starts with a shiny penny plunging through the fountain. It continues with the quick flick of a fallen eyelash. Next it’s blown and travels the air from a dandelion, And it blossoms when met with a shooting star’s dashing flash.   It is dazzled when encountered by a simple wishbone. Read more…